According Deadline, the network and Warner Bros. Television had attempted to cut costs for the project, which led to multiple discussions with Abrams and his production company Bad Robot. However, Bad Robot would not budge on its proposed budget, estimated to be over $200 million, and so HBO decided to scrap the series.
Demimonde received a direct order four years ago following a bidding war with Apple. Written, executive produced and directed by Abrams, the show was to play Danielle Deadwyler as Olive Reed, who is forced to solve a conspiracy after being torn from her husband and daughter in a brutal scientific accident.
The series was still in the early stages of pre-production when HBO pulled out. Warner Bros. Television will now buy the project from streamers, including Apple and Netflix, where Abrams has other shows in development.
Abrams signed a five-year, $250 million deal with WarnerMedia in 2019 to develop several television and film projects for the media conglomerate. However, the recent merger of Warner Bros. Discovery saw new CEO David Zaslav take a closer look at the studio’s overall offerings. Zaslav was tasked with cutting $3 billion and, according to The Hollywood Reporterhe was unhappy with Abrams and Bad Robot’s lack of production.
Several Bad Robot projects are in development for Warner Brothers. Discovery, one of which Batman animated series, the Josh Holloway-drama starring Feather dusterand one Justice League Dark series starring Constantine. None of these projects have an expected delivery date. Abrams, whose deal with WBD isn’t exclusive, is also working on a new star trek film for rival studio Paramount Global.