Doug Liman To Helm Action Sci-Fi Drama Pilot, IMPULSE, For YouTube Red

Newly launched SVoD service YouTube Red is bringing Jumper to the small screen. For this, we turn to brewing developments of the new sci-action drama series, Impulse, based on the third book in Steven Gould’s Jumper novel series as YouTube Red looks to ramp up its line of programming, including sci-fi drama Lifeline from producer by Dwayne Johnson and Studio71, gaming comedy Good Game from producer Dan Harmon, and a Step Up reboot.

Impulse will have its 2018 premiere on YouTube Red ahead of a series order with The Wall and Edge Of Tomorrow (a.k.a. Live.Die.Repeat.) helmer Doug Liman directing and executive producing. The hour long gender-bending pilot from Universal Cable Productions and studio-based Hypnotic is the first UCP series for YouTube, telling of Henry, a rebellious 16-year-old girl whose oddball standing from her peers often leaves her longing to venture away from her small town life. She eventually discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport.

Maddie Hasson leads the cast from a script by Jeffrey Lieber (Lost, NCIS: New Orleans), Jason Horwitch (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Gary Spinelli from a story by Lieber, and with Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins, Enuka Okuma and Craig Arnold and David James Elliott starring.

“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at UCP and Hypnotic.” 

“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on Impulse,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, UCP. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that is continually breaking new ground.”

The show also adds to UCP and Hypnotic’s raft of projects including George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers which has a series order at Syfy with a writer’s room being setup for the show.

Liman is also on deck to direct Edge Of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat And Repeat as well as YA novel adaptation, Chaos Walking. His latest crime drama, American Made, opens on September 29. (Deadline)