Remember Jumper? Released in theaters back in 2008, the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi thriller told the tale of a young man (Star Wars‘ Hayden Christensen) with the ability to teleport, and a secret society devoted to killing him and those like him. Jumper brought in $220 million worldwide, against a reported $85 million budget, but it didn’t really linger in the pop-culture consciousness. Now Liman is hoping to remind us all, with The Wrap reporting that he’s working on a Jumper sequel TV series for YouTube Red.
Called Impulse, the Jumper sequel series will be based on the third entry in Steven Gould’s series of young adult books, which in turn inspired the original film. Doug Liman will return to direct and executive produce the pilot, with Jeffrey Lieber (Lost) handling writing duties. The pilot is the first deal between Universal Cable Productions and YouTube. The Impulse pilot should begin production by the end of the year.
The Wrap describes the story of Impulse as being about:
…a rebellious 16-year-old girl, who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. When a local drug dealer attempts to assault her, she discovers her extraordinary ability to teleport. This newfound power confirms her conviction that she really is different from everybody else, but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her.
In a press release, Liman said, “Steven Gould’s sequel novel to Jumper, Impulse, fully realizes the dynamic potential of this amazing franchise and I’m excited to have the large canvas of YouTube to bring it to life.”
YouTube Red is a subscription service available in the United States, Australia, Mexico, and New Zealand. For $9.99 a month, the service provides ad-free access to all of YouTube’s videos, free streaming music through Google Play Music, and access to original YouTube content.
With programs such as Impulse, YouTube is clearly angling to get a piece of the action that has made Netflix a pop-culture monster with its hit original series. Landing an A-list director like Liman is definitely a good start.