Teleportation is a frequent subject in science fiction and has been represented in multiple ways: from Star Trek’s transporter to simpler ways of traveling from one place to another, like David Rice did in Jumper. Back in 2008, Doug Liman – best known for his work in The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith – brought to life the science fiction novel Jumper, starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episode II & III) and Rachel Bilson (The O.C). The story follows a young man with the ability to teleport (referred to as a “Jumper”) who has to run and hide from an extremist group with designs on killing all Jumpers.
Although the film received mostly negative reviews, it had the potential to expand into a sci-fi franchise – more so because its source material has two sequels, Reflex and Impulse, with a short story titled Shade in-between those two novels, giving enough material for more movies. Now, years after the release of Jumper, Liman is returning to the universe of the Jumpers for a sequel, though this time it won't be for the big screen.
The sequel will be produced for YouTube Red – YouTube’s very own paid streaming subscription service, available in the US, Australia, México, and New Zealand. In addition to providing ad-free streaming of all videos, YouTube Red is also partnering with major networks and YouTube celebrities to bring original content. The Jumper sequel will be based on the third novel of the series, Impulse, which follows David and Millie’s daughter, Cent, who inherited her father’s ability to “jump."
Liman said in a press release:
"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."
Following the sci-fi vibe, YouTube Red also picked the time-travel show Lifeline, produced by none other than Dwayne Johnson. Lifeline follows a “little known” life insurance company that sends its agents 33 days into the future to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients.
YouTube Red is betting big with projects like Impulse and Lifeline as their current content is mostly from YouTubers such as PewDiePie and CollegeHumor – a touch of sci-fi could be a big push for this growing platform. On the other hand, it’s going to be interesting to go back to a world with Jumpers and see if the Paladins are still out there, looking for more Jumpers to destroy. While it’s unlikely that Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson will make an appearance in the series, the slim possibility shouldn’t be discarded just yet.
Screen Rant will have more details on the Jumper YouTube Red series as they are made available.