YouTube Red is jumping into the streaming original content game as hard as it can, literally looking for a hit from the Jumper book series.
The Google-owned subscription service has ordered the pilot Impulse from Suits producer Doug Liman.
Based on Steven Gould’s 2013 novel of the same name, the series centers on a precocious 16-year-old who discovers she has the ability to teleport, according to The Wrap.
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 Gould’s book, which is the third in the Jumper series, the young girl’s name is Cent who lives in isolation in Canada with her parents – the protagonists of earlier books. Soon after discovering her ability to jump however (saving herself from an avalanche), the family relocates to a small town where trouble ensues.
Jeffrey Lieber, an Emmy-nominated writer from ABC’s Lost, will write the pilot. Impulse is a joint production between Comcast’s Universal Cable Productions and YouTube.
Liman earned some accolades in 2014 for helming the sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and John Paxton. It grossed $364.4 million worldwide, and earned a sequel order from Warner Bros., which Liman also expects to direct.
Of course, he has his own connection to this project. Liman directed the 2008 film Jumper based on Gould’s original 1992 novel that starred Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Bell. That film made $223.6 million at the box office worldwide.
Yet, not everything Liman touches turns to gold. He also was an executive producer on NBC’s short-lived Knight Rider revival in 2008.
YouTube Red is only available still in limited markets, primarily the United States, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. Subscriptions cost $10 monthly.
No one has been cast in Impulse yet, but it’s expected to go in front of the cameras before the end of the year.
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