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Jamie Bell attached to Jumper TV series

August 31st, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

It’s fair to say that, despite an interesting premise, the 2008 film adaptation of the novel Jumper didn’t really set the world on fire.

Despite the movie’s mixed reception, there has been rumblings about a television reboot. The most recent rumble is that Jamie Bell (who was in the movie) and director Julian Simpson, a Doctor Who regular, are attached to the project and it has the support of production company New Regency (which produced the movie) and studio Lionsgate.

Jumper tells the story of a young man, who discovers he has the ability to teleport. The film, loosely based on Steven Gould’s novel, sees Hayden Christensen discovering his ability to teleport, which seems fun until he discovers that a secret war is being fought between other ‘jumpers’ and those who would seek to destroy them. The movie saw Christensen’s character seeking out these other jumpers, including young jumper Griffin O’Connor, played by Bell.

Whether the series would be more closely focused on the novel’s story, or take its inspiration from the movie, is unclear, as is whether Bell would be returning as O’Connor or playing another character. However, it should be noted that it isn’t the only Steven Gould adaptation on the cards. Doug Liman, the director of the original film, remains attached to an adaptation of Impulse, Gould’s second sequel novel to the original Jumper. So this universe could be revisited at the same time from two different directions, or neither. We’ll let you know when we do.

Source: Empire

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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