Remember Jumper? The 2008 film starring Hayden Christensen as a troubled young man with the mysterious ability to teleport, or jump, anywhere in the world? Yeah, it was terrible. An intriguing concept that was slap-chopped into something supposedly more palatable to the general audience by the studio. Director Doug Liman always wanted to make a sequel to the film and do the concept right, but nearly 10 years on, there’s still no sign of Jumper 2 and dang if you can remember the last time anyone talked about it. But like the old saying goes, if you can’t do it in the movies, why don’t you do it on TV instead?
Or in this case, streaming video. Jumper the series will bow sometime next year on YouTube Red, the pay service version of the popular video-sharing website. Liman will executive produce and direct the pilot, which will have nothing to do with the original movie, or its main character, Instead, Maddie Hasson will play a 16-year-old named Henry, whose newly discovered ability to teleport allows for escape from the normality of small town life. The story is based on Impulse, the third book in the Jumper novel series by Steven Gould.
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.
There’s no word yet on any other casting, or a showrunner, but the series is expected to debut sometime next year on YouTube Red.