Space is about to get a little more crowded, as YouTube Red has acquired the rights to sci-fi thriller Origin from Left Bank and Midnight Radio in association with CiTVC and Sony Pictures Television-International Production. The streaming service is set to release the 10-episode series some time in 2018.
Created, written and exec produced by Mika Watkins, Origin finds a group of strangers stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.
"We are excited to be in business with the legendary producers at Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, and talented new writer, Mika Watkins. 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."
– Susanne Daniels, YouTube Global Head of Original Content
Origin will also be exec produced by Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie from Left Bank along with Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio. Origin is a Left Bank/CiTVC co-production in association with SPTIP. Sony Pictures Television has a majority stake in Left Bank, whose credits include Netflix drama The Crown, Wallander, Outlander and Strike Back. Midnight Radio has the upcoming Netflix series Everything Sucks! premiering in early 2018; with Knightfall set to bow on History in December 2017.
"This is a tremendously exciting project, a truly global project that brings together partners from the U.S., UK and China to create a unique and thrilling space drama,"
– Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television.
The project comes nearly two year after the UK's Left Bank Pictures entered into an agreement with China International Television Corporation (CiTVC) to develop high-end English-language dramas that could be marketed to both the Chinese and international market.