MADAME X: Series Is In Development. J.J. Abrams is expanding his slate of DC Comics-inspired TV shows. The renowned producer is collaborating with Angela Robinson on a scripted drama series for HBO Max based on DC’s Madame X. According to sources, Robinson will write and executive produce the movie, which is still in the early phases of production and is based on DC characters (Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, The L Word).
According to sources, Abrams and his Bad Robot partner/wife Katie McGrath directly lured Robinson to Warner Bros. TV with an eight-figure overall agreement so she could create and manage Madame X. Robinson is a member of the organization’s global leadership board, and McGrath is a co-secretary on its governing board of directors.
Robinson was formerly housed at Paramount TV Studios on a long-term overall contract, but the studio backed out when Warners countered with a larger offer fueled by Bad Robot’s influence. Robinson’s Warners contract is estimated to be worth around $8 million. Robinson does, however, have a clause in her Warners contract that permits her to continue working on the Flashdance remake she was working on for Paramount TV Studios and Paramount+.
Madame X (also known as Madame Xanadu) debuted in the DC Comics universe in 1978 and is a member of the Justice League Dark. The figure is a sorceress who has aided the Suicide Squad and is Spectre’s spiritual adviser, as well as assisting the Dark League in DC’s The New 52 and being revealed to be the mother of villain Doctor Destiny. (See below for the character.)
Abrams and Bad Robot are working on a number of projects for HBO Max, including a Justice League Dark franchise that will contain numerous spinoffs as part of a bigger linked universe akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bad Robot is also working on a Constantine series as part of the Justice League Dark ambitions, with Madame X likely to be included in that bigger franchise. He’s also working on an animated Batman series for the streamer alongside Matt Reeves. (For DC and Warners’ film arm, Abrams and Bad Robot are also creating a new Superman picture with a Black protagonist.)
Aside from DC, Bad Robot is working on Duster, The Shining spinoff Overlook, and Subject to Change (all written by Abrams and based on his original idea) for HBO Max, as well as the long-awaited Demimonde (also written by the Lost veteran) for premium cable network HBO. On the TV front, Bad Robot is exec producing Apple’s Lisey’s Story (with novelist Stephen King), Showtime is developing a UFO docuseries, and HBO is continuing to exec produce Westworld. Warner Bros. TV, Abrams’ longstanding small screen home, is producing all of the scripted series. Apple’s Little Voice (which is not anticipated to return) and HBO’s Oscars were also executives produced by Bad Robot.
Madame X will be executive produced by Abrams, Robinson, and Bad Robot’s TV chief Ben Stephenson. Rachel Rusch Rich of Bad Robot will co-exec produce the prospective series. Representatives for HBO Max, producers Warner Bros. TV, and Bad Robot declined to comment on other specifics, including a formal logline.
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