HBO Max Orders Three J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Productions, Including ‘Shining’-Based ‘Overlook’

HBO Max has given production commitments for three new one-hour dramas from J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television Group. It marks the first new Bad Robot–produced television projects for HBO Max under the exclusive content collaboration partnership formed by Bad Robot with HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia in fall 2019.

The first series, “Duster,” is to be co-written by J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan. Set in the 1970s Southwest, it follows the life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate. Morgan is currently a writer on “The Walking Dead.” Previously, she was a co-executive producer and writer of AMC’s “Into the Badlands” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” and was a writer for NBC’s “Parenthood” and Showtime’s “Shameless.”

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The second series, “Overlook,” is a horror-thriller show inspired by and featuring iconic characters from Stephen King’s The Shining. “Overlook” explores the untold, terrifying stories of the famous haunted hotel in American fiction. The project reunites Bad Robot, King and WBTV, who previously collaborated on the acclaimed psychological-horror series “Castle Rock” for Hulu.

The third will be a major series based on DC characters in the “Justice League Dark” Universe, with details to be revealed soon.

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“What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, said in a statement. “What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic I.P. from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”

All of the Bad Robot series for HBO Max will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams and its head of television Ben Stephenson. Rachel Rusch Rich, Bad Robot EVP of television, will serve as a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will be the global distributor for the programs.

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