Apple, HBO In Bidding War For JJ Abrams New Sci-Fi Drama Series

Carla Harmon
January 17, 2018

J. Abrams is returning to the small screen with a new space drama script that he is now shopping around.

J.J. Abrams is reportedly working on a new TV series set in space.

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The series would mark Abrams' first return to TV since 2008, when he wrote and created "Fringe".

According to Variety, the unnamed sci-fi drama is the subject of a bidding war between HBO and Apple.


J.J. Abrams might be a household name now from his work on culturally iconic films like Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and even the ongoing Cloverfield series, but all the cool kids still know J.J. from his television days. It all sounds very Star Wars, but also flawless for Abrams' skill set. "According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abrams" script follows a mother, father, and daughter who get into a vehicle crash which leaves the mother, a scientist, in a coma. He also has creator credits for "Lost", "Felicity", "Alias" and "Fringe" on his résumé.

Abrams and producing partner Ben Stephenson are looking for a network or platform. While HBO and Apple are the top contenders for the project, Warner Bros.is said to be open to other bidders. With the mother in a coma, her daughter rummages through her belongings in the garage and is transported to a far-off land in the middle of a enormous battle with a "monstrous, oppressive force".


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