HBO cancels JJ Abrams’ long-gestating Demimonde

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When JJ Abrams opens a mystery box, we expect him to toy with us somewhere in between two and 92 hours Before reaching a serviceable but not wholly satisfying answer to anything.

Unfortunately, some mystery boxes will never be closed.

JJ Abrams’ Demimonde is no more. Not that it ever was. But now, it can never be. HBO has killed the project they won in a Bidding war with Apple in 2018General Chat Chat Lounge The series was to be Abrams’ first original TV creation since 2008. However, HBO didn’t want to pay more than $ 200 million a show with a French title – at least not the properties that didn’t include the words. “Joker” and “Two.” The Hollywood Reporter puts it in perspective: Even House Of The Dragonthe new Game Of Thrones Prequel, costs less than $ 200 million, and that can disappoint fans just as well as Abrams can.

This is the second show to get a pass from HBO since Abrams and Bad Robot entered a multi-million dollar overall deal in 2019. HBO has already declined to make a reservation at Overlooka Shining prequel that would have seemingly built out a Shining-verse that any studio could parlay into a vertical-crossing, paradigm-shifting, network-synergizing behemoth. Now set up at Netflix, Overlook There is no release date or cast.

Demimonde was to star Danielle Deadwyler from Station Eleven and WatchmenGeneral Chat Chat Lounge Producers are currently shopping for other streamers, including Apple, which reportedly pursued a $ 500 million exclusivity deal with Abrams and Bad Robot that the director turned down. Apparently, who still on good terms; Abrams is working on a Wachowski-less Speed ​​Racer TV seriesa Presumed Innocent seriesand a Jennifer Garner show called My Glory Was I Had Such FriendsGeneral Chat Chat Lounge He’s also doing a scripted U2 series on Netflix, which he can keep, and another season WestworldGeneral Chat Chat Lounge So there’s no shortage of Abrams, even if we’ll never see whatever Demimonde was.

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