J.J. Abrams Is Making a New TV Sci-Fi Drama About Space Colonies

Friday, 09 December 2016 - 3:43PM
Friday, 09 December 2016 - 3:43PM
J.J. Abrams Is Making a New TV Sci-Fi Drama About Space Colonies
J.J. Abrams is at it again—after the success of Westworld, Abrams has announced a new sci-fi show on HBO called Glare, which will deal with space colonization. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abrams will serve as the executive producer along with Javier Gullón, who will write the pilot. Each episode is expected to be an hour long, but aside from the title and run-time, not much else is known about the show or when it is expected to air. 

With renewed interest in space colonization after Elon Musk's (and the Obama Administration's) recent claim that we'll be an interplanetary species by 2030 and Westworld still coasting on critical and fan acclaim, this new project from Abrams makes a lot of sense. The Syfy channel already has a show covering the same ground (The Expanse), while a whole slew of new space movies (including the increasingly baffling 'Passengers' and the generically titled 'Life') are appearing on the horizon like Earth in 2001: A Space Odyssey. All in all, it's never been a better time for space sci-fi on the small (and big) screen. The recent film Arrival (which holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes) proved that there's still untouched vistas in the genre, even within the most familiar tropes (like alien invasion).

And J.J. Abrams, we have to admit, is on a roll when it comes to sci-fi. Between reviving Star Wars and Star Trek and blowing minds with Westworld and the alternate history series 11/22/63, Abrams has become the gold standard when you need exciting, thought-provoking science fiction. With all that in mind, we'll be looking forward to hearing more about Glare and the inevitable avalanche of lens flare jokes.
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