YouTube Original series Impulse returns for a second season this October, and a new trailer gives us a glimpse of what’s in store.
The series saw Jumper director Doug Liman dive back into the series of novels upon which the 2000 film was based. Based on the third book by Steven Gould, the sci-fi drama’s fresh focus on a rebellious teen who discovers she can teleport during a traumatic event made for an unexpected hit.
Following more than 53 million views of the first episode of Season 1, YouTube ordered a second run for the series, which will once again star Maddie Hasson as Henrietta “Henry” Coles, a 17-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and longs to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. While her newfound power confirms Henry’s conviction that she really was different from everybody else, it has also made her the focus of those who want to control her. Missi Pyle also stars as Henry’s mother, Cleo Coles.
The series is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions), Hypnotic and showrunner and executive producer Lauren LeFranc. Hypnotic’s Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein serve as executive producers. Vladimir Cvetko and Mairzee Almas serve as co-executive producers.
The show’s return also marks a new approach to YouTube Originals from the video giant, which is bringing its original programmes out from behind its YouTube Premium subscription paywall. Fans without YouTube Premium can binge watch the entire first season on YouTube now for free – with adverts – for a limited time. Season 2, meanwhile, will premiere weekly for free from 16th October. YouTube Premium subscribers, meanwhile, will have ad-free access to all episodes at once on 16th October.
Here’s the trailer:
Doug Liman’s Impulse picked up as YouTube Red series
3rd July 2017
Doug Liman is heading to YouTube for his next big project. The director of Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith will be turning his hand to TV, with sci-fi drama Impulse.
The programme, which is produced Universal Cable and Hypnotic, follows a rebellious teenager, who yearns to escape her small town – and, one day , discovers you can teleport. The project is based on the third novel in Steven Gould’s Jumper series, which marks a homecoming of sorts for Liman, who directed the 2008 feature film based on the same material.
Indeed, Liman helmed the pilot for the series and will now executive produce the whole run, alongside Hypnotic partners David Bartis and Gene Klein. The showrunner will be Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who will also be on exec-producing duties.
Lost’s Jeffery Lieber adapted the book for the screen, co-writing the script with Jason Horwitch (Luke Cage) and Gary Spinelli (American Made).
“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” YouTube global head of original content Susanne Daniels tells THR. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at UCP and Hypnotic.”
UCP president Jeff Wachtel comments: “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.”
Newcomer Maddie Hasson will lead a cast that includes Missi Pyle, as her mother, and Sarah Desjardins (Van Helsing), as her step-sister, plus regulars Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away With Murder) and Craig Arnold (Heartland), and guest star David James Elliott.
The show has been commissioned alongside a new wave of content announced by YouTube at VidCon last month. It will debut in 2018 on YouTube Red, the site’s $10-a-month subscription streaming service.
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