Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios want to create an hour-long, eight-episode series Humans, about humanoid robot workers with Channel 4. U.K. production indie, Kudos, (Broadchurch) is in charge of producing the show, which promises to share a premiere broadcast window on both the Xbox platform in North America and Channel 4 in the U.K. in 2015.
The new show which will be written by British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (TV's Spooks and upcoming movie version Spooks: The Greater Good), is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film's show Real Humans.
The show will be set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a "synth" -- a highly-developed robotic servant that is very similar to its live counterpart. One family wishes to transform how they live then purchases a refurbished synth only to discover the terrible consequences that comes with it.
The arrangement with Channel 4 and Kudos underscores Xbox Entertainment Studios' shows how much they are committed to programming premium TV series with global partner, thus, they can create engaging interactive experiences. The show will be part of Xbox Entertainment Studios rapidly expanding slate of premium television output.
Other Project By X Box:
Aside from the new TV show, other projects that are on the way include a Halo television series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Every Street United, an unscripted series regarding the globally significant sport of street soccer, a tech-focused documentary series by award-winning producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn, the live event Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and a "Halo" digital feature project executive produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker.
Xbox want to gain more consumers and hopes to recreate the success of Netflix with TV series. In 2012, Netflix launched its own first original show in 2012, while Amazon is also ramping up original output. Sony Corp.’s entertainment studio also has plans on producing an original series, a drama called Powers for the PlayStation Network.
Reports have it that even Yahoo wants to enter the original programming space.
Xbox studio is also planning to create its own comedy sketch show with Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera’s JASH comedy collective and a stop-motion show with Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, responsible for Emmy-winning Robot Chicken.
"In Humans, Sam and Jon have will not only tickled the minds of viewers, but is also set to ask big, thought-provoking questions about how we live," as stated by Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger.