Xbox Entertainment Studios Is Making A Sci-Fi Series About Humans
Microsoft didn’t say the word television 1000 times during the Xbox One reveal event for nothing in May last year. They were serious about pushing original TV content and in addition to Quantum Break, a Halo TV series from Steven Spielberg and possibly Heroes making a return, there is more on its way.
Xbox Entertainment Studios is teaming up with the UK’s Channel 4 to create a sci-fi drama called Humans, based on the Swedish original series Real Humans.
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The series will run for 8 episodes, each 60 minutes long and will be available on all Xbox formats as well as Channel 4 itself. Humans is being produced by Emmy award-winning production company Kudos, the same team behind The Hour, Utopia, Broadchurch and The Tunnel.
In a statement, Channel 4 Head of Drama, Piers Wenger says, “In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, but they’re also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live. I’m thrilled to be working once again with the team at Kudos and to be partnering with Xbox to bring this extraordinary and epic series to the screen. This is the first co-production commission to benefit from Channel 4’s increased investment in drama and reaffirms our commitment to ambitious, highly original drama series.”
President of Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios, Nancy Tellem added, “Humans not only questions personal relationships, but we loved how this sci-fi show toys with reality and our connection to technology.” She adds “This deal with Channel 4 and Kudos underscores Xbox Entertainment Studios’ commitment to programming premium TV series with global partners and creating engaging interactive experiences – and sits alongside other original commissions including a Halo TV series executive produced by Steven Spielberg.”
Filming is set to begin later this year. Let’s hope Xbox Entertainment Studios delivers some quality shows.