J. J. Abrams to Return to TV with Space Drama

The untitled project sounds like a family drama with a sci-fi twist.
By  · Published on January 17th, 2018

The untitled project sounds like a family drama with a sci-fi twist.

Ten years after his last tangible stint as a creator/writer in television, J. J. Abrams is returning to the small screen with a new space drama script that he is currently shopping around.

The as-yet-untitled Abrams project will apparently be a family drama, and already sounds like a wild rollercoaster ride that wouldn’t be out of place for one of his shows. According to THR, a scientist mother, her husband and their daughter get into a car crash that leaves the woman in a coma. The daughter then begins digging into her mother’s experiments at home before being transported to another world run by oppression. The father eventually joins his daughter there. Whether this premise has any of the ambitious potential of Lost or Fringe remains to be seen, although the fact that Abrams had a hand in many iconic genre shows is certainly promising.

THR states that Apple and HBO are both vying to be involved in the untitled project, which is completely unsurprising. Abrams is understandably hot property, having built up his status as a film director in the last decade or so after helming Mission: Impossible III in 2006. He then gained far more traction with the Star Trek reboot in 2009 and obviously, he’ll now be known for directing two Star Wars sequel films as well. But he is also very active as a film and television producer. Abrams helped push the initially unlikely Cloververse and producing small-screen efforts such as Jonathan Nolan’s Person of Interest and Westworld, and series based on Stephen King’s fictional universe such as 11.22.63 and Castle Rock.

In addition to penning the script on this new series, Abrams will be executive producing the drama through Bad Robot Productions. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more updates to come.

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