The life of Rod Serling, one of the coolest, baddest, most talented men in television history, is heading for the silver screen.
Longtime Oliver Stone collaborator Stanley Weiser, writer of such films as "Wall Street," "W" and "Project X," has been hired to pen Serling's life story, reported Deadline. The rights to the story were acquired by Andrew Meieran and his Bureau of Moving Pictures, who will co-produce with Serling's widow, Carol.
"Rod Serling was one of the true visionaries in television history," Meieran said. "He singlehandedly broke the mold and established television as a powerful artistic medium capable of changing the world when used wisely."
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Just about every male born between 1920 and 1970 has done a terrible impersonation of Serling's distinct delivery that the used to open each episode of "The Twilight Zone," an anthology of sci-fi morality tales that ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Later he would launch "Night Gallery," sort of a "Twilight Zone" light that ran from 1969 10 1973.
Before making a name for himself in TV, Serling saw a lot of death as a soldier stationed in the Philippines during WW II, an experience that would inform his anti-Vietnam activism in the'60s.
No doubt a few thousand guys are brushing up on the Rod Serling impersonations right now in anticipation of the auditions.