“I know you’re trapped. There’s a way out.” That’s the tantalising offer given to Lana (Natalia Tena) and Logan (Tom Felton) in YouTube’s sci-fi series Origin. The thriller sees a group of troubled passengers leave behind a dark past to make a fresh start on a newly colonised planet.
We join then as they wake up on their spaceship – abandoned, damaged, lost in deep space. Determined to survive at all costs, their terrifying situation spirals into paranoia, t andhey come to realise that the greatest threat to their dream of starting over – and indeed their lives – is something far darker than the pasts they were so desperate to escape.
Origin is created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Apocalypse). It’s produced by The Crown’s Left Bank Pictures, with Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie producing, alongside Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio.
Those impressive names behind the camera certainly appear to have paid off, with the new trailer unleashed by YouTube at New York Comic Con promising a glossy, chilling affair. The series will premiere all-at-once on YouTube Premium, which costs £11.99 a month for access to all YouTube Originals, plus ad-free videos and music, background playing of videos and offline downloads. The series debuts on 14th November. Here’s the new video:
Trailer: Tom Felton stars in YouTube Premium sci-fi Origin
24th July 2018
This weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con saw a wave of new trailers and teasers for upcoming blockbusters, Netflix series and more. Also at the event was YouTube, which continued to position its subscription service YouTube Premium as a major player by debuting the trailer for Origin, a glossy new original series from producers Left Bank Pictures.
The UK firm is one of the country’s biggest hitters, also producing series that include Outlander, Wallander and Netflix’s The Crown. The company is teaming up with Midnight Radio, in association with China International Television Corporation and Sony Pictures TV, for the series, which sees a group of strangers stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet.
Origin is created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins, and stars Harry Potter veterans Tom Felton and Natalie Tena as the two leads in the group. Across the series’ 10 episodes, the abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realise that one of them is far from who they claim to be.
The series is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Apocalypse), with Left Bank’s Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie producing, alongside Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio.
“We are excited to be in business with the legendary producers at Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, and talented new writer, Mika Watkins. They are exceptional storytellers who have created groundbreaking programming, and we are already drawn into the mysterious and captivating world in Origin. We look forward to bringing this series to life with our partners at Left Bank Pictures,” says Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “Sci-fi and action adventure are huge on YouTube, and our audience will be intrigued by the unexpected plot twists and turns in this bold, studio-quality thriller.”
“Mika is an exceptional new voice and we are excited to bring her first major project to the screen with our friends at YouTube Red,” adds Andy Harries, Chief Executive Officer, Left Bank Pictures.
The project marks YouTube Premium’s second UK original, following a partnership with James Corden for Training Days, an unscripted series about football presented by Jack Whitehall. You can read our review of that here. The trailer for the series arrives hot on the heels of YouTube Premium launching officially in the UK, costing £11.99 a month for access to all YouTube Originals, plus ad-free videos and music, background playing of videos and offline downloads.
Origin will premiere on YouTube Premium this autumn. Here’s the trailer:
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