A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” and those who have sworn to kill them.
I was a fan of the young adult novel and brought it to New Regency. I liked the idea of doing a superhero movie, set in essentially the real world, without any costumes. My draft was a relatively faithful adaptation of the book, but I did create a second, “lost boy” Jumper named Griffin. I’d intended for David and the head of the NSA to enjoy the kind of relationship shared between the two protagonists in “Catch Me If You Can”. I was going for a more classic film in the vein of “War Games” in which a young adult has to go up against the Government. But New Regency was superhero happy and decided the film needed a more elaborate mythology. So I jumped ship from Jumper. The first act of the end product mirrored my script, as did the inclusion of Griffin. But beyond that, I was somewhat disappointed in the final results.
January 25, 2022