9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
J.J. Abrams Prepping Space Drama for HBO
Hot off the first season of Westworld, HBO is reteaming with J.J. Abrams for another drama.
The premium cable network is teaming with Abrams' Bad Robot Productions banner to develop Glare, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Glare is an hourlong project exploring the colonization of another planet.
Javier Gullón will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which stems from a blind script deal the Enemy scribe had with Bad Robot. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams is under a rich overall deal. Ben Stephenson, former BBC head of drama-turned-Bad Robot head of development, will exec produce alongside Abrams and Gullón. Gullón is repped by CAA, Pacific View Management
This marks Abrams' latest TV foray. The prolific producer (Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost) most recently exec produced Westworld for the premium cable network. The series, also from WBTV, has been renewed for a second season due in 2018. Abrams' TV credits also include Showtime's short-lived music drama Roadies, Hulu's limited drama 11.22.63 and CBS' Person of Interest, which ended its run earlier this year. He next has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set to bow Friday.
Space has become a hot genre of late. TBS recently ordered an animated comedy called Final Space, Netflix is reviving Lost in Space and Syfy has found success with The Expanse, which takes place 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the solar system. (Then there's the theory that Westworld is set on another planet.)
Abrams is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.