Los Angeles, June 9: “Demimonde,” a sci-fi drama from JJ Abrams, is not moving forward at HBO due to budget concerns.
The premium cable network snatched the project in 2018 after a bidding war with Apple Studios and gave it a straight-to-series order.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Abrams fought hard to stop HBO/HBO Max chief Casey Bloys from ending the series.
After a week of consideration, Bloys decided to part ways with the series for which Abrams had requested a budget of over $200 million. By comparison, the budget for HBO’s upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon,” was under $200 million.
Abrams was also set to direct the pilot for “Demimonde,” which had already changed showrunners since joining HBO four years ago.
The series will now be sourced from producers at Warnermedia, HBO’s parent company, to other streaming services such as Apple and Netflix, where other Abrams shows are in development.
Abrams’ “Star Wars” fame was also attached to the project as pilot writer and executive producer, alongside Ben Stephenson, who heads the TV division of production company Abrams Bad Robot.
“Demimonde” has been described as an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama that deals with the global battle against a monstrous and oppressive force. (PTI)