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Abrams Options Graphic Novel From Greg Grunberg

'Dream Jumpers' will publish in June, with Paramount getting film rights

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.

Source: Variety


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