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HBO pulls the plug on J.J. "Mystery Box" Abrams's "Demimonde" sci-fi project over bloating budget

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The series starring Danielle Deadwyler will be shopped to streamers after running into budget issues at Warner Bros. Discovery.




As expected, Demimonde will not be moving forward at HBO.


The series, which marked the first original created by J.J. Abrams since Fringe in 2008, has officially been passed over by the premium cable network following issues surrounding the show’s sprawling budget.


Sources tell THR that Abrams made a last-ditch plea to HBO/HBO Max boss Casey Bloys to spare the drama from cancellation. Bloys took the week to consider, but ultimately the decision was made to part ways with the series for which Abrams had sought a budget north of $200 million. By comparison, HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon clocked in at less than $200 million. Abrams was also slated to direct the pilot for Demimonde, which had already changed showrunners since it landed at HBO in 2018 following a bidding war with Apple.



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