‘Twilight Zone’ Creator Rod Serling Could Chain Smoke On The Big Screen

Thursday, June 30 by
 

Bureau of Moving Pictures has acquired the rights to make a movie about Rod Serling, the chain-smoking genius who created The Twilight Zone many moons ago for CBS. The script will be written by Stanley Weiser, who wrote Wall Street with Oliver Stone.

Before he changed the world of television forever, Serling was a paratrooper and member of the demolition squad in the Army during WWII. He then worked his way into radio before hatching the idea for The Twilight Zone. If you haven’t seen any episodes of the landmark show I suggest you Netflix some immediately before you anger me any further. I look forward to the holidays every year not so that I can spend time with my family, but so I can watch the Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel. If my family chooses to participate, I have no qualms with that. May I suggest starting with “Eye of the Beholder.” It’s probably the most famous of all the episodes, and it really makes you think about the effects of ugly people. Or is it pretty people? Serling was always so damn good with those twists! (Deadline)

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  1. June 30, 2011 10:08 am

    Skip Montross

    Amazing. I was watching a mini-marathon on Netflix streaming the other night thinking how prolific he was (writing the bulk of the episodes himself), how adept he was a making a twist-ending hidden even though it was apparent it was coming and how amazing his life story would be on film. I’m completely behind this.

    And for those uninitiated, it was his screenplay treatment of “The Planet of the Apes” that brought that iconic twist ending with the Statue of Liberty.

    Love me some Serling.