First trailer for sci-fi series Jongo looks like Johannesburg-set Chronicle

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Nov 18, 2015, 6:02 AM EST (Updated)

Though the U.S. produces a boatload of TV shows and movies, it’s not the only country trying out genre material. Say hello to South Africa’s next hit superhero series: Jongo.

The project was previewed at DISCOP AFRICA 2015, and is set to premiere in 2016 in South Africa. It looks like a mashup of Chronicle and Heroes, and follows a young man who gains fantastic abilities after discovering an alien crystal. The trailer looks very cool, and serves as a fascinating peek into the development of a sci-fi series from across the globe.

Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

Set largely in modern day Johannesburg – the New York of Africa – Jongo (Season 1) tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after an alien crystal is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind. The stone is left to him by his father, an enslaved miner who is murdered shortly after escaping from the cave.

As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how they will indelibly alter the course of his life. What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy which will threaten the lives of millions. And caught up in the middle of everything is Maya, the love of Eli’s life.

No word on a U.S. release, but fingers crossed. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via Indiewire)