J.J. Abrams is including one other DC Comics-inspired TV sequence to his slate.
The prolific producer is teaming with Angela Robinson to adapt DC’s Madame X as a scripted drama sequence for HBO Max.
Sources say the venture, which is within the early growth phases, will probably be written and exec produced by Robinson (Professor Marston & the Surprise Ladies, The L Phrase).
Sources say Abrams and his Dangerous Robotic associate/spouse Katie McGrath personally recruited Robinson to Warner Bros. TV so she might write and supervise Madame X. Abrams and McGrath — whose Dangerous Robotic can also be based mostly at WarnerMedia with a $250 million general deal — after the previous acquired to know Robinson by way of Time’s Up. Robinson is on the worldwide management board on the group, whereas McGrath serves because the co-secretary on its governing board of administrators.
Paramount TV Studios, the place Robinson was previously housed with a long-term general deal, bid arduous to maintain Robinson however in the end bowed out when Warners got here again with the next provide pushed by Dangerous Robotic’s affect. Robinson’s Warners deal is alleged to be value within the low eight-figure vary.
Nonetheless, Robinson does have a carve-out in her Warners deal that enables her to proceed to be concerned with the Flashdance replace she was creating for Paramount TV Studios and Paramount+.
Madame X (aka Madame Xanadu) first appeared within the DC Comics universe again in 1978 and is a part of the Justice League Darkish universe. The character is a sorceress who has helped the Suicide Squad and serves as Spectre’s non secular adviser and, in DC’s The New 52, assists the Darkish League and was revealed to be the mom of villain Physician Future. (See the character beneath.)
Abrams and Dangerous Robotic are in varied phases of growth on a number of sequence for HBO Max, together with a Justice League Darkish franchise that’s being designed to characteristic a number of spinoffs as half of a bigger linked world just like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a part of the Justice League Darkish plans, Dangerous Robotic can also be prepping a Constantine sequence, with Madame X additionally more likely to be a part of that bigger franchise. He’s additionally teaming with Matt Reeves for an animated Batman sequence for the streamer. (Abrams and Dangerous Robotic are additionally producing a brand new Superman movie, which is able to characteristic a Black lead, for DC and Warners’ movie arm.)
Outdoors of DC fare, Dangerous Robotic can also be readying Duster, The Shining offshoot Overlook and Topic to Change (written by and based mostly on an unique concept from Abrams) for HBO Max in addition to the long-gestating Demimonde (additionally written by the Misplaced alum) for premium cable community HBO. Elsewhere on the TV entrance, Dangerous Robotic exec produces Apple’s Lisey’s Story (alongside writer Stephen King), has a UFO docuseries within the works at Showtime and continues to exec produce Westworld for HBO. The entire scripted sequence are produced by Warner Bros. TV, Abrams’ longtime small-screen dwelling. Dangerous Robotic additionally exec produced Apple’s Little Voice (which isn’t anticipated to return) and HBO’s awards contender Lovecraft Nation.
Dangerous Robotic head of TV Ben Stephenson will exec produce Madame X alongside Abrams and Robinson. Dangerous Robotic’s Rachel Rusch Wealthy will co-exec produce the potential sequence. Further particulars, together with a proper logline, are being saved below wraps as reps for HBO Max, producers Warner Bros. TV and Dangerous Robotic declined remark.