J.J. Abrams' New Sci-Fi Series Starts Bidding War Between HBO and Apple

The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director is developing a space drama, his first TV pitch since 'Fringe'.

AceShowbiz - J.J. Abrams is developing a new sci-fi series. The filmmaker, who is known for his works in action and sci-fi genres such as "Star Trek", "Super 8" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", is shopping around a space-set spec script.

HBO and Apple are reportedly in a bidding war to nab the project. Should the new sci-fi drama go to series, it will become the first TV show that Abrams wrote and created since "Fringe", which premiered in 2008 and ended in 2013. He also developed "Felicity", "Alias" and "Lost", and is currently an executive producer on HBO's hit series "Westworld".

The currently untitled project reportedly revolves around a family which consists of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their daughter. The entire family gets into a terrible car crash that leaves the mother in a coma. Her daughter then begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father follows her into this new world.

Abrams wrote the script of the new sci-fi series and his banner Bad Robot Productions will produce. Abrams will also executive produce the show, along with head of television for Bad Robot Productions, Ben Stephenson.

Warner Bros., HBO and Apple have not commented on the reports. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

Abrams has teamed up with Hulu for "Castle Rock", an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same title. The psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse stars Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek and many others. No premiere date is set just yet for the show, but it's expected to arrive sometime this year.

In feature film side, Abrams is set to return as writer and director for "Star Wars Episode IX" after working in the same capacity for the first installment of the new trilogy, 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

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