According to THR, who broke the news, HBO landed the sci-fi series after a bidding war with Apple.
The story follows a family whose lives are turned upside down following a car accident – the mom ends up in a coma, and the young daughter and father are transported to another dimension where that world is in a battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.
HBO only describes the series as “an epic and intimate sci fi fantasy drama.”
Abrams will write and executive produce with Ben Stephenson.
Abrams is the creator or co-creator of such seminal series as Felicity, Alias and Lost and has served as an executive producer – through his Bad Robot production company – on many others, including HBO’s Westworld and Hulu’s Stephen King adaptations, 11.22.63 and the upcoming Castle Rock.
He is also busy on the feature side, having written, directed and/or produced films in the Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Star Wars franchises, as well as the entire Cloverfield franchise. He will next direct Star Wars: Episode IX.