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J.J. Abrams to create HBO spin-off series based on Stephen King's 'The Shining'


It is being reported that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production team are developing a new 10-part series for HBO Max based on Stephen King’s iconic 1977 novel The Shining. The new project is said to be titled Overlook.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abrams’10-episode drama is being written and exec produced by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown who both previously worked on Castle Rock. The report also states that there has already been a mini writers room opened to work on scripts for the series during the lockdown.

Abrams, along with his production company, is reportedly working on three-series currently for HBO Max, with Overlook being one, as well as a show based on DC comics and one new concept, titled Duster. All three projects will be executive produced by Abrams and his wife and Bad Robot partner Katie McGrath and Warner Bros. TV Group.

Duster is being co-written by Abrams and LaToya Morgan who is the brains behind The Walking Dead and Parenthood, it details the story of a getaway driver involved in a growing crime syndicate in the 1970s South West.

Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, couldn’t be more pleased about the start of their relationship with Abrams, saying in a statement: “What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie. What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic IP from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”