Another movie is getting the small screen treatment. Studio Canal, New Regency and Lionsgate have partnered to produce a TV version of the 2008 sci-fi flick Jumper. Original star Jamie Bell is on board as a producer, alongside Doctor Who writer Julian Simpson. This is part of a new deal that was recently struck between Lionsgate and New Regency to produce TV shows and it looks like they are starting out with something familiar.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline who report that Jamie Bell may be reprising his role from the movie for this TV version of Jumper. They didn't note if he would be the star of the series or if he would just appear in an episode or two in order to provide some connective tissue. Bradley Cooper, for example, starred in a few episodes of the Limitless TV show in order to help connect the TV to the movie. That could be how Jamie Bell is used for this Jumper show, but that is purely speculative at this point. The original movie was written by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Simon Kinberg (Gifted), who have both become huge names in Hollywood in the years since.
This is not the first attempt to bring the 2008 Doug Liman directed Jumper to the small screen. Last year, YouTube Red ordered a pilot for a sequel titled Impulse, which was to be based on the third novel in the series by author Steven Gould. Liman was set to direct the pilot, but as far as we know, the project doesn't have any real traction right now. Maybe Lionsgate will have better luck getting things off the ground. Hayden Christensen doesn't seem too busy these days. Maybe they can call him up?
The movie version of Jumper focused on the character of David Rice (Hayden Christensen) who has the ability to instantly transport himself to any place he can imagine. He uses his power to globe-trot and steal money by breaking into bank vaults.Samuel L. Jackson starred as the movie's villain who knows how to prevent people with this ability from using it. David eventually reunites with his high school crush, Millie (Rachel Bilson), then forms an alliance with fellow jumper Griffin (Jamie Bell) and prepares for a battle with Jackson's villainous Cox.
Since there are other books in the Jumper series, there is plenty of story to draw from in order to bring this sci-fi story to the small screen. In an age where Hollywood is obsessed with taking recognizable, successful ideas and recycling them, this makes some sense. Jumper grossed $222 million at the box office despite being critically trashed, as the movie currently holds a 16 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If the show moves forward, let's just hope that Julian Simpson can put those Doctor Who skills to use and come up with something a little better.