Details are scarce, but writer Jonah Nolan (The Dark Knight) and producer J.J. Abrams (Lost) are officially collaborating on a new crime thriller television series. This marks one of the most exciting, and unexpected, collaborations in entertainment today.

It would be unbelievable if the show doesn’t get off the ground (I laugh even writing that). But names do not make good television shows. The most important aspect will obviously be content. Is this a story that can reach four or five seasons? The likely answer is yes, but Nolan has never written a television series.

This is where J.J. Abrams comes in. The mind behind Lost and Alias has plenty of studio clout and creative influence to make sure Jonah Nolan’s inaugural television show gets the right treatment. One is a superstar in the television market, while the other is one of Hollywood’s most prized screenwriting commodities.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams and Nolan are currently shopping the show to television studios, who will likely break the bank for the rights. It’s hard to imagine those two working together without jumping straight to the Emmys.

Nolan has shown plenty of promise in the crime thriller genre. His screenplays for Memento, and brother Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, showcase the man’s talent for crime-fueled drama. But the television world have a hard time following Nolan’s dark, moody style. He doesn’t spend a lot of time with in-your-face humor – and television, in general, is more light-hearted than film. It will be interesting to see how he expands his style to fit the family atmosphere of home entertainment.

Both men are quite busy these days. Nolan has been rumored to direct the Superman reboot and is currently putting the finishing touches on the Batman 3 script. J.J. Abrams has, as usual, a large number of projects in the works, including Super 8 and the television series Undercovers. Abrams and Nolan are experienced writers with fantastic credits and should create one of the most anticipated shows in recent memory if they find the time to churn out a few seasons of material.

Are you excited about the collaboration between J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan? What do you hope to see in the crime thriller?

Source: Entertainment Weekly