JJ Abrams hasn't written for television in nearly a decade. Though he's definitely been a busy, busy boy, bringing Stars Trek and Wars back to the big screen, his work over the past several years has been solely on that big screen - not the smaller one that made him a household name.
But JJ's back, baby, with a new sci-fi drama in the works at Warner Bros. Television. In typical Abrams fashion, little is known about the project publicly, but according to THR:
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. 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 land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.
That sounds like a bunch of generic show ideas put in a blender, to be honest, but generic stories have been told interestingly since they became old enough to be labeled “generic.” So we'll see.
HBO and Apple are said to be the two chief bidders for the untitled Abrams project, making this the latest in a series of series from high-profile creators being wooed by Apple. WB is reportedly also open to other offers, so if you've been saving your pennies, this could be the moment you get JJ Abrams to make a show just for you.
In the meantime, Abrams has his plate full, with Star Wars: Episode IX to write and direct, not to mention production duties on the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek film we still can't believe is actually going to happen. We’ll keep you apprised of developments on Abrams’ small-screen work, whether they come to your TV or your iPhone.