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Overlook: J.J. Abrams’ The Shining Spinoff Series Seeking New Home After HBO Max Passes

J.J. Abrams’ The Shining spinoff series Overlook is being shopped by producers Warner Bros. Television to other buyers after HBO Max decided not to move forward with the project, according to . The outlet reports the potential series has interested bidders, with Netflix as the front-runner to possibly land the project.



Overlook would center on “the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction,” based on the iconic hotel from Stephen King’s 1977 novel and featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation.


The series was reportedly Abrams and his Bad Robot production company set up at the streamer through their $250 million overall deal with WarnerMedia. Overlook intially received “production commitments,” meaning series pickups, but Overlook has “remained in the development stages with a series commitment penalty.” Should the series not find another home, Bad Robot will be “financially compensated as if it had.”



According to the outlet’s sources, WarnerMedia has decided to focus on Abrams and Bad Robot’s IP/franchise efforts for HBO Max, such as , along with other projects like the original series , starring Josh Holloway, as well as HBO’s , and HBO Max’s , both based on original ideas from the filmmaker that have series orders. The pilot of the sci-fi drama Demimonde will be directed by Abrams.


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