Gaming, comic, sci-fi and horror fans have a few treats in store from Machinima. With the help of collaborators including Clive Barker, Roberto Orci and YouTube star Jerome Aceti, who goes by the name JeromeASF, the online video network is producing new series including a found footage "RoboCop" remake, a world where the Justice League are the bad guys and a DC Comics classic updated for the smartphone age.
Machinima, which has been in existence since 2000, made the announcements Monday during its first appearance in New York at the Digital Content Newfronts, the annual marketing conference wherein online publishers gather to present their forthcoming wares to potential advertisers.
The "RoboCop" TV show follows the lead of the poorly received remake). Where the film reboot tied the cyborg RoboCop to themes about drones and oppression, the TV version will explore government surveillance. In the show, multiple RoboCops hit the streets and the show unfolds through footage from their heads-up displays, dashcams and camera-equipped drones -- not so much "RoboCop" as "RoboCOPS", then.in drawing on current technology to update the themes of the 1987 original (because that worked so well for the
The character of RoboCop previously appeared in a single season of a Canadian TV show in 1994 based on the original film and its sequels.
Also drawing on modern uses of technology is Clive Barker's live action series "Creepypasta", named for the virally shared type of horror fan fiction that gave birth to the haunting figure of the Slender Man, among others.
DC Comics story "Dial H for Hero" also gets a makeover for the Internet age. The comic, which began in 1966, sees characters temporarily transformed into a series of different superheroes by a telephone-like dial; the new TV show updates this to an app. The type of superhero on the other side of the transformation is dictated by social-media trends, and the new live action show is called -- wait for it -- "#4Hero".
DC's hero Starman is the subject of a reality show searching for budding creators in "DC Hero Project". And Machinima has also confirmed a second series of "Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles", which recasts Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as dark, alternate versions of the familiar characters. The first series launches in June.
Film producer, writer and frequent JJ Abrams collaborator Roberto Orci, whose credits include "Transformers", "Star Trek" and "Cowboys and Aliens", is creating "High School 51". The show sounds like a cross between "The X-Files" and "Saved by the Bell".
Rounding out the slate is animated show "Happy Wheels" based on Jim Bonacci's online game, while Minecraft-playing YouTube star JeromeASF and Jim Schwerfeger, creator of Machinima's "The N00b Adventures", are working on a show entitled "Jerome ASF's The Baka Chronicles".