J.J. Abrams developing space series, first TV project since Fringe

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Sep 25, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT (Updated)

The new helmer of cinema’s most iconic space franchise may be heading back to the small screen. J.J. Abrams, who, after writing and directing The Force Awakens is scheduled to do the same for Episode IX, has created a spec script for TV focused on a similarly off-world family.

THR reports that Abrams is shopping around a series (that Apple, HBO, and Warner Bros. Television all have eyes on) that would be his first created project for the medium since Fringe, a decade ago. The report says the “drama is about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband, and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash.”

This event triggers much more science fiction excitement because “after the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.” Sorry Narnia, this world-hopping show sounds a lot darker.

This is the first we’ve heard of the project and it’s not much to go on, but if Abrams’ most recent TV work (where he executive produces Westworld and the upcoming Stephen King series Castle Rock) is anything to go on, the sci-fi will be drenched in humanist mystery. Until then, we’ll always have Star Wars.