Apple loses bidding war over J.J. Abrams sci-fi drama ‘Demimonde’ to HBO

“J.J. Abrams is expanding his relationship with HBO,” Lesley Goldberg reports for The Hollywood Reporter. “After a bidding war with Apple, the premium cable network has landed the first TV series that the prolific producer has written since 2008’s Fringe. HBO has handed out a straight-to-series order for Demimonde, expanding its relationship with Westworld executive producer Abrams. An episode count has not yet been determined.”

“Shopped as a spec script, sources say the Abrams drama is about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash,” Goldberg reports. “After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another world amid a battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world. HBO is only describing the series as ‘an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama.'”

Goldberg reports, “Sources note that Abrams was impressed with what the premium cable network did with Westworld, making HBO the frontrunner for the series over deep-pocketed rival Apple.”

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MacDailyNews Take: What’d Apple do, let Eddy in to “negotiate?”

Ah well: You win some, you lose some.

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18 Comments

  1. That’s okay. The series would just have been about all kinds of races and aliens coming together to defeat the bad guys – all white Euro dudes of course. Oh wait, that’s Star Wars – Thanks J.J. for the hate. Can’t help my skin color.

  2. It’s not a matter of affording it or losing out on negotiations. It was worth more to HBO with the return they expected to earn on their investment, and how the whole package fit into their strategy. Apple and HBO are different companies with different goals.

    HBO surely ended up spending more than they would have without Apple’s interest, though.

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