Impulse will be base the third Jumper book, while the Rock’s new sci-fi web series, Lifeline will be original.
YouTube is trying to catch up with web-based miniseries trendsetters like Amazon and Netflix with a couple new upcoming series by YouTube Red. Both are sci-fi, with one based off the third novel in the Jumper series, and the other has Dwayne Johnson so it doesn’t really matter what it’s about. (Just kidding)
Announced today by Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content for YouTube, at Mipcom’s Media Mastermind panel. Daniels was joined by other media bigwigs Kevin Beggs of Lionsgate and Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth.
What is the Impulse sci-fi web series about?
Impulse, the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould, will be transformed into a web miniseries with hour-long episodes, the first of which is slated to premiere before the end of 2017. The series will be directed by Doug Liman of Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow, and an upcoming Justice League Dark adaptation.
Though the show is being marketed as a drama, the heavily sci-fi novels and films that preceded it lead me to believe it will be very sci-fi as well. The sci-fi web series will follow Cent, the rebellious 16-year-old daughter of original Jumpers David and Millie Rice, from the original film and novels. The series will shift the plot of Impulse from a secluded cabin in the mountains to a gritty urban scene, where Cent discovers her ability to “jump,” or teleport instantly to any clearly envision-able location while trying to escape a local drug dealer who means her harm.
Unfortunately, discovering this ability puts Cent in the way of danger because the military scientists who intended to use her father’s powers for their own gain are now after her. The pilot is being written by experienced TV series writer Jeffrey Lieber (Lost, NCIS: New Orleans, Tuck Everlasting).
What will the Rock’s new sci-fi action series be about?
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is making the backward leap from the biggest of screens to the smallest to direct and presumably star in an original sci-fi action thriller miniseries. Check out his video tweet announcing the project.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 17, 2016
This half-hour series will be set in the near future, after the invention of time travel. The working name for this sci-fi web series is “Lifeline,” and follows an insurance agent named Charlie Hooks. Hooks is the best agent at his life insurance company, who uses time travel to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients by sending them forward 33 days into the future. Everything changes when a case challenges him more than he anticipated, and he misses the opportunity to save their life. Now, his whole existence altered, Hooks will be thrown into a world much bigger than himself and life insurance.
Directors Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer have lots of experience working together on sci-fi and video game influenced series such as Sync and The Devil’s Spear: Assassins Creed 4 short film, and will be heading this YouTube Red original series.
Featured Image: Jumpers, Paramount Pictures