HBO Officially Not Moving Forward With JJ Abrams’ Ambitious HBO Sci-Fi Drama Series Demimonde. The decision comes after weeks of discussions with Abrams, his production company Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which focused on the show’s budget. As Deadline reported last month, the project’s studios, Warner Bros. Television and HBO had tried to control costs, but Bad Robot stood firm on their proposed budget, which would be around $200 million, and would not agree to a reduction.
The final stages of the Demimonde conversations took place against the backdrop of a broader reassessment of Abrams’ Bad Robot’s massive deal with Warner Bros. for film, TV, games and digital content as the new Warner Bros. Discovery examines every aspect of the assets they took over when the merger was completed in April.
Bought by HBO four years ago with a straight-to-series order, Demimonde, which was developed and sold under Bad Robot’s previous WBTV pact, was still in early pre-production when the plug was pulled.
Written, executive produced and directed by Abrams, Demimondehis first solo TV creation since A.k.a, was to star Danielle Deadwyler as Olive Reed who is torn from her husband and daughter in a brutal scientific accident. She is forced to unravel a plot to find her family, now lost in a dark and distant other world.
Kira Snyder, Rand Ravich, and Far Shariat served as showrunners. They produced with Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot. Rachel Rusch Rich served as co-executive producer.
Last summer, HBO Max opted out of moving forward with another Bad Robot series, the brilliant spin-off series Neglect. The project has since been mounted at Netflix. It is not clear if Demimonde would be sold to other buyers.