It would appear that J.J. Abrams and former "Heroes" star Greg Grunberg are joined at the hip. Even when it comes to a yet-to-be-released graphic novel that Abrams already has optioned to produce into a film.
"Dream Jumper," a graphic novel Grunberg wrote with Lucas Turnbloom, is set to be published by Scholastic Corp. on June 28. The story focuses on a boy who can jump into other people's dreams, according to Variety, only to discover that by doing so, his friends never wake up.
A film option doesn't necessarily mean a movie will be made, but if there is one — at least for now — it would be done by Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures, as part of those production companies' continuing collaboration.
Grunberg's acting career dates back to the early 1990s when he worked as a character actor in shows like "Melrose Place" and "Baywatch." He first connected with Abrams professionally in 1998 as Sean Blumberg in the series "Felicity." He would then become a sort of good luck charm for Abrams, appearing in a number of programs he was a producer on, including "Alias," "Lost," and films like "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" in 2009, and Abrams most recent directorial work, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Grunberg has had a solid career outside of that as well, including work as Matt Parkman in "Heroes" and its short-lived revival, "Heroes: Reborn."
Turnbloom is known for his popular comic series "Imagine This."
Grunberg and Turnbloom met each other at San Diego Comic-Con, and started throwing around the idea of "Dream Jumper" based on dreams the actor's son would share with his father. The series is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12, and Abrams has even planned to write a foreword.
"When my 12-year-old son Ben described a dream he had about a boy who could jump in and out of his friends' nightmares to help them fight off bad guys and monsters, it sounded like a really relatable and exciting world to build a graphic novel, and I immediately thought of Lucas," Grunberg said last year in a release.
Abrams and Grunberg have been friends since kindergarten, according to reports.