J.J. Abrams and HBO Max are formally placing a collection into gear.
The streamer has picked up Duster, a Nineteen Seventies-set drama from Abrams and LaToya Morgan (Into the Badlands, The Strolling Useless). Rachel Hilson (Love, Victor, This Is Us) and Josh Holloway, who labored with Abrams on Misplaced, head the solid.
Duster is the primary collection to spring from a nine-figure movie and TV deal Abrams’ Dangerous Robotic firm signed with WarnerMedia (now Warner Bros. Discovery) in 2019. In April 2020, Duster was one in all three Dangerous Robotic initiatives introduced for the yet-to-launch HBO Max, together with The Shining offshoot Overlook and a Justice League Darkish mission. The latter two have since been scrapped (Dangerous Robotic has shopped Overlook to different potential patrons), as has Abrams’ long-developing sci-fi collection Demimonde (which was for the HBO mum or dad channel) after considerations over its projected $200 million-plus finances.
As for Duster, it’s set in 1972 within the Southwest and follows the primary Black feminine FBI agent (Hilson) as she recruits a gutsy getaway driver (Holloway) in a daring effort to take down a rising crime syndicate. The solid additionally options Keith David , Sydney Elisabeth, Greg Grunberg, Camille Guaty, Asivak Koostachin, Adriana Aluna Martinez and Benjamin Charles Watson.
“Duster is an amalgam of all my favourite issues — excessive octane storytelling with deep characters and a lot coronary heart,” mentioned Morgan in an announcement. “It’s a dream mission and I’m supremely grateful to all the oldsters at Warner Bros. and HBO Max for believing on this present. And I couldn’t have requested for a greater accomplice in crime than J.J. to construct this unimaginable world.”
Added Abrams, “LaToya and I are thrilled on the probability to carry the wild, wily and wacky world of Duster to life, particularly with this distinctive solid, crew and community.”
The collection’ first season will run for eight episodes. Abrams and Morgan wrote the primary two installments, which Steph Inexperienced (Watchmen, The People) directed. Abrams and Morgan (whose TinkerToy Productions has an general take care of Warner Bros. TV) govt produce with Dangerous Robotic’s Rachel Rusch Wealthy; Inexperienced is an EP on the primary two episodes.
“We’re delighted to carry this high-voltage crime caper from the good minds of J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan to the HBO Max viewers,” mentioned HBO Max head of unique content material Sarah Aubrey. “This present has all the weather of an important Max Unique, with propulsive storytelling, incredible characters, and a few really bad-ass automotive chases.”
Abrams is repped by CAA and Jackoway Auste; Morgan, by Eclipse Regulation; Inexperienced, by UTA, Leisure 360, and Johnson Shapiro; Hilson, by Neon Kite, CAA and Goodman Genow; Holloway, by UTA; David, Artists + Reps, Silver J Administration and Meyer and Downs; Elisabeth, by Genuine Expertise and Literary Administration and Gang Tyre; Grunberg, by supervisor Susan Calogerakis, Paradigm and Jackoway Austen; Guaty, by APA, Impression Leisure and Brecheen Feldman; Koostachin, by Characters Expertise Company; Martinez, by Isabel Echeverry at Kontakto; and Watson, by A3 Artists Company, Luber Roklin Leisure and Play Administration.