Director Bryan Singer (Superman Returns) and Warner Premiere are teaming up for a new sci-fi thriller series, H+, according to reports today. Produced through Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions, H+ will be the first live-action web series out of Warner Premiere, the studio’s digital production arm. Up until now Premiere has focused on bringing a number of motion comics to the web including Superman, Batman: Mad Love and Watchmen. Earlier this month, they rolled out Peanuts, the studio’s first fully animated comic web series.
H+ is another future-based semi-apocalyptic sci-fi story, delving into what has been a hot plot line of late with the likes of MSN’s Kirill, NBCU’s Gemini Division and indie series After Judgment. This one picks up after a cyber-terrorist attack wipes out a large chunk of the world — a chunk that chose to have their brains directly wired into the internet.
John Cabrera (Gilmore Girls) and Cosimo De Tommaso will be writing the series and serving as executive producers. The pair initially pitched H+ as a traditional TV series, but were apparently persuaded by Warner Premiere’s Head of Digital Content, Lydia Antonini, to instead develop it as an original web series. Under Antonini, Warner Premiere has rebranded itself as more than just a direct-to-DVD arm of the well known studio. Some 20 original web series projects are on the docket for the next year, with some of those most likely heading to the studio’s web-only portal, TheWB.com.
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The series is still in the early stages of development and has yet to be cast or attach a director, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It looks like Singer’s role will mostly be in a overseeing capacity similar to director McG’s limited note-giving on TheWB’s college web series, Sorority Forever. Best guess for release at this point is around mid 2009.