J.J. Abrams Fringe Bought by Fox

Posted on October 6, 2007

Fox has snapped up J.J. Abrams' new series called Fringe, which sound like a very interesting project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot has a huge $10 million budget. The pilot will run two hours. The show is being products by Bad Robot and Warner Bros.

"Fringe," which Abrams' Bad Robot is producing with Warner Bros. TV, centers on a young female FBI agent who, forced to confront the spread of powerful and unexplained phenomena, must work with an institutionalized scientist whose life's work may be at the center of the coming storm.

"Science is frightening and enlightening at the same time," Orci said. "It can give you everything, and it can destroy you."

The industry circles have been buzzing all summer about the top-secret spec script that Abrams was writing with Kurtzman and Orci. It marked the first TV writing duties for Abrams in more than three years, since ABC's "Lost," as well as the return to television of Kurtzman and Orci, one of the hottest feature writing teams at the moment.

The brilliant scientist is described as a mix of Albert Einstein and Dr. Frankenstein. The female FBI agent must work with him (which is not easy) and his son (who doesn't get along with him at all). It sounds like a cross between NUMB3RS, The X-Files and Heroes. Works for us. If it sticks to its normal way of doing business, Fox will order up a full season, air the season completely out of order then cancel it after six episodes or so. Firefly, anyone?

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