This might make your world spin a little -- The Risky Biz Blog over at THR reports that J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are working on getting the rights to Colum McCann's award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin. Should the deal work out, he will produce with McCann getting the opportunity to adapt the screenplay himself. Why would your world spin? It sounds SciFi-ish, right? Not quite.

The book, which was published in June, focuses on a collection of characters in New York City during the time when Philippe Petit tightrope walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974 -- you know -- the Man on Wire dude. The people that will be under the camera's scrutiny include: "A young Irish monk living among the prostitutes in the Bronx; a group of mothers mourning their sons, killed in Vietnam, in a Park Avenue apartment; and a 38-year-old grandmother walking the streets with her teenaged daughter." THR notes: "With comparisons to Don DeLillo's work, McCann's novel serves as an allegory of 9/11 and its aftermath."

It's almost like getting back to Abrams' Felicity roots, but let's hope this one doesn't end with a ridiculous and ill-suited time-travel storyline that makes for an entirely messing ending. Regardless, it looks like Abrams is into the straight-forward drama lately. He just wrapped Anatomy of Hope for TV.