J.J. Abrams Series Demimonde Will Not Move Ahead at HBO

J.J. Abrams has had some massive cinematic hits, and his Bad Robot production company has also delivered dozens of big TV shows over the years. However, since signing a massive new deal with HBO in 2019, Abrams’ output has been disappointing for Warner Bros. as the deal has seen no new shows make it to screens so far. After HBO’s decision to pass on Bad Robot’s The Overlook, a spin-off series from Stephen King’s The Shining, it looks like they have now also decided not to move forward with Demimonde, a series that has been in development since it was given a series order back in 2018.


J.J. Abrams has undoubtedly made an impact on the world of movies and TV over the last few decades, having had a hand in franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars, TV shows Alias, Lost and Fringe, but he has also had many unrealized projects over the years including a proposed Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, a Superman movie, and film version of Samurai Jack. Now as well as The Overlook, which was being developed by Bad Robot Productions, it looks like Demimonde is the latest to hit a stumbling block, although that doesn’t mean the project is dead.

According to THR, HBO has made the decision to drop the project, despite “a last ditch plea” by Abrams for them to pick up the drama about the lengths a family will go to find their missing child. With reports suggesting the $200 million upwards budget has been the main reason for the show being dropped, it is believed that Abrams is now going to put out the series for consideration with other streamers including Apple TV+, who Abrams has recently worked on Little Voice, Lisey’s Story and the upcoming Presumed Innocent for.

J.J. Abrams Has Other Warner Bros. Discovery Projects in the Works

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While the decision not to move ahead with Demimonde will be a blow for Abrams, he has still got several other concerns ongoing with Warner Bros. Discovery. Currently, Abrams is linked to animated DC series Batman: Caped Crusader, and he has also been at the forefront of DC’s Justice League Dark project, which is as of now expected to include a Zatanna movie and John Constantine and Madame Xanadu TV shows. Bad Root is also part of the movie adaptations of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, the recently announced Hot Wheels movie, Portal and Your Name, and a new Superman movie.

Following recent world events, and the subsequent fallout of the likes of Netflix seeing subscriber numbers drop against projections, many streamers are still looking to put out new, good quality content to pull in and keep their viewership numbers up, but there have also been a number of belts tightened when it comes to where money is spent. While a J.J. Abrams series is going to gain a reasonable amount of attention, it seems that the epic budget of Demimonde was more than HBO was willing to fork out right now.