Titled Demimonde, the project is as an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama. Source previously have described it as centered around a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.
Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is expected to bring in a showrunner.
The Demimonde script received a lot of interest in the premium marketplace when it was taken out earlier this month. Apple reportedly made a strong bid for the project though HBO had been considered a frontrunner from the start given Abrams’ existing relationship there. This will be Bad Robot’s third series on HBO, joining Westworld and the upcoming Lovecraft Country. The company also has had a couple of other projects in development at the premium cable network, which is in the same Time Warner corporate family as Warner Bros. TV, including space drama Glare.
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HBO was able to successfully launch another ambitious Bad Robot sci-fi series, Westworld, to both strong ratings and critical acclaim, despite bumps during production, including a monthlong unplanned hiatus.
This is the first series solely created by Abrams since the 2001 ABC drama Alias. The last series he co-created was Fox’s Fringe, which premiered in 2008.
Demimonde, French for “half-world,”comes from Alexandre Dumas’ Le Demi-Monde and refers to “a distinct circle or world that is often an isolated part of a larger world” or “the world of prostitution.”
In addition to Westworld, which is returning for a second season, and Lovecraft Country with Jordan Peele executive producing, Bad Robot has psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock coming up Hulu, which Abrams executive produces with Stephen King.
On the feature side, Abrams, who wrote, produced and directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is next writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX.
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