3 Exciting New Shows J.J. Abrams Is Bringing to HBO Max

Hollywood filmmaker J. J. Abrams is known for creating popular films and TV shows including Lost, Star Trek, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. His production company, Bad Robot, is now teaming up with Warnermedia to create content for their upcoming streaming service. Here are three exciting new shows Abrams is bringing to HBO Max. 

J.J. Abrams in 2013
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J.J. Abrams’ Stephen King-inspired thriller, ‘Overlook’

After working on Castle Rock and 11.22.63 for Hulu, Abrams is creating another Stephen King-inspired show for HBO Max. According to a WarnerMedia press release, Overlook, is based on King’s 1977 horror story, The Shining

It will feature characters from the novel and explore the “untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction.” Castle Rock’s Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown are reportedly writing and executive producing the 10-episode thriller series in collaboration with King and Abrams.   

Counting his upcoming Apple TV series, Lisey’s Story, Overlook will be Abrams’ fourth King-inspired streaming project. In the past, the filmmaker has discussed his affinity for the author’s material. 

“I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school,” he said in a 2014 statement. “The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream.”


Abrams will collaborate with TV writer LaToya Morgan on a drama called Duster for HBO Max. Morgan is known for her work on popular shows like The Walking Dead, Shameless, and Into the Badlands, and Parenthood

As revealed by WarnerMedia, Duster is set in the ‘70s Southwest. The series will follow the story of a crime syndicate’s “gutsy getaway driver” whose life goes from “awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously awful.”

J.J. Abrams’ DC Comics series based on Justice League Dark

Abrams is bringing an untitled DC Comics drama based on characters and events from the Justice League Dark universe to HBO Max. WarnerMedia has yet to reveal further details about the new series.

As of now, It’s unclear which characters the new series will feature, but there is plenty of subject material to work with. The Justice League Dark universe includes characters like Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and John Constantine. The NBC series, Constantine, visited the universe in its first and only season, and Swamp Thing has been the subject of plenty of film and TV projects. 

In a statement, HBO Max Chief Content Officer, Kevin Reilly shared his excitement about the collaboration with Abrams’ and his Bad Robot co-CEO Katie McGrath. “What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie,” Reilly said. “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.”