HBO Max has green-lighted three series from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions. A series based on the Justice League Dark universe, Overlook inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, and an original drama from LaToya Morgan and Abrams titled Duster.
The trio of shows are the first projects under Abram’s mega deal with WarnerMedia. Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV told Variety, “What could be better than an original J.J. [Abrams] idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic I.P. from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”
In the DC comics, the Justice League Dark members consist of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Doctor Mist, and many others. There are no details about which characters will be a part of the show. The John Constantine character is currently a part of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW and in the Constantine animated series on CW Seed.
The Overlook series will take place in the famous Overlook Hotel from the novels The Shining and Doctor Sleep. Overlook will focus on the untold stories of the hotel, which there should be plenty. In The Shining, Jack Torrance encounters many ghosts in the hotel, but we only really get to hear one guest’s story. It will be interesting to see what King and Abrams come up with for this series.
Duster is set in the 1970s Southwest and explores the life of a getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate. Morgan currently writes for The Walking Dead and has also worked on AMC’s Into the Badlands and NBC’s Parenthood.
Abrams will executive produce all three shows with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. Rachel Rusch Rich, Bad Robot’s EVP of Television will serve as a co-executive producer.
For now we have no anticipated release dates. HBO Max will launch in May.