If you've just been jumping at the chance to add another streaming service to your monthly television tally, YouTube Red has just given you one very good reason to pony up another $9.99 a month: Doug Liman is producing and directing a new Jumper adaptation for the subscription service.
Slated for 2018, the new TV series will be based upon Steven Gould's Impulse, the third book in his teleportation sci-fi series, the first of which, Jumper, Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Swingers, Bourne Identity) and 20th Century Fox mined for $222 million at the global box office. Hayden Christiansen starred in that 2008 effort, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, and Michael Rooker.
According to Deadline, the new “gender-bending hourlong action-thriller” “features a rebellious 16-year-old girl, Henry (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. She soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport.”
Hasson is probably best known as Willa Monday in Fox’s 2012 The Finder series, and as Billie Jean Jones in 2015's I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams. Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins, Enuka Okuma, Craig Arnold, and David James Elliott are also attached.
Liman, who just prematurely exited Warner Bros.' Dark Universe movie, will exec produce and direct the pilot of the Universal Cable Productions and Hypnotic show. Jeffrey Lieber (Lost), Jason Horwitch (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Gary Spinelli (American Made, Liman’s upcoming film) are set to handle the writing.
Here’s a synopsis of the source material, via Impulse’s publisher, Tor Books:
Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.
Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.
So, it appears that Cent's name has already been changed. Perhaps that's an indication that Liman will be able to exercise his creative license, even more so than it sounds like Fox allowed him to do in 2008, when his "dark take got softened up in the editing room." What do you think, will you be jumping to YouTube Red to find out?