name = Jumper
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
Simon KinbergLucas Foster Jay Sanders Stacy Maes
eproducer = Vince Gerardis Ralph Vicinanza
David S. GoyerJim Uhls Simon Kinberg (screenplay) Steven Gould(novel)
Hayden Christensen Jamie Bell Rachel Bilson Samuel L. Jackson Diane Lane Max Thieriot AnnaSophia Robb
20th Century Fox New Regency Productions
released = February 14, 2008 (U.S.)
runtime = 90 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget = USD$85 millioncite news |last=Gray|first=Brandon|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2454&p=.htm | title='Jumper' Teleports to the Top | publisher=
Box Office Mojo| date= 2008-02-18| accessdate=2008-05-27]
= $221,865,173 (worldwide)
website = http://www.jumperthemovie.com/
amg_id = 1:354680
imdb_id = 0489099
"Jumper" is a 2008
science fiction filmfrom 20th Century Foxand New Regency Productions. It is loosely based on the 1992 science fiction novelof the same name by Steven Gould. Jumping is the same as Jaunting, which was first introduced in the 1956 science fictionnovel, " The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester. The film is directed by Doug Liman, director of "The Bourne Identity" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", and stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, AnnaSophia Robb, and Diane Lane. The film follows a person capable of teleporting to any location as he is chased by a secret group intent on killing him.
The script went through a rewrite prior to filming and the roles for the main characters were changed during production. "Jumper" was filmed in 20 cities in 14 countries between 2006 and 2007. The film was released on February 14, 2008 and a soundtrack was released on February 19. The film held the first position in its opening weekend with $27.3 million, despite mostly negative reviews. Review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoesrecorded a 16% approval rating and 35/100 on Metacritic. Several novels were developed as tie-ins to the film along with a video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wiiconsoles, named "". The DVD was released on June 10, 2008, and both Christensen and Liman have spoken of one or more sequels.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 15-year-old David Rice gives his crush, Millie, a snow globehe bought at a yard sale, knowing her dreams of traveling someday. A bully, Mark, throws the globe onto the ice on a river. After he retrieved it, David falls through the ice and is pulled away by the current. He suddenly finds himself in the Ann Arbor Public Library with drenched clothes. He returns home, but later vanishes from his room and is once again in the library. David realizes he can "jump", or teleport, disappearing from one place and instantly appearing in another. Unhappy with his life, he runs away from his life and his father (his mother left when he was five). That night, he returns the snow globe to Millie after leaving his home. He rents a room in New York Cityand begins to learn how to master his ability. One day, he goes into a bankand under the guise of using the building's bathroom scopes out the location of the bank's vault. He later 'jumps' himself into the bank vault in the middle of the night and steals a large amount of money. The mysterious robbery attracts the attention of Roland Cox ( Samuel L. Jackson), a Paladin(a secret society that tracks down and kills Jumpers) who later appears at the bank to investigate while pretending to be with the NSA.
Eight years later, an adult David (
Hayden Christensen) has settled into a life of adventure, spending his days jumping around the world, doing various sports, and living lavishly in a penthouse apartmentusing money stolen from banks. One night, he attends a barin Londonand is noticed by another Jumper, Griffin ( Jamie Bell) while jumping just before hitting on a woman at the bar. Later that morning he goes to a location to surf, expecting a storm to hit the region. However, there are no waves and he told by another surfer that the storm hit Fiji. David in turn jumps there and has fun surfing 30 foot swells. He also eats a meal while on top of the Sphinx. Elsewhere in a junglesomewhere, Roland Cox kills a jumper and is told on a cellphone call that they "have a lead on the bank". He tells the person on the line that he'll be on the next plane.
When David returns home, he finds Roland in his apartment who confronts him about robbing a banks without opening a door and leaving notes. He also tells David he knows who and what he is. David attempts to jump out the apartment, but is prevented by an electrical
weaponRoland uses because it is difficult to jump with a thousand volts of electricitypassing through the brain. During their fight, Roland asks David who is protecting him. Eventually, David escapes with a large amount of money and jumps into his old bedroom in his father's house. David's father, William, hears him jump into the room. Because the room is still chain locked, William does not enter the room, but tells a silent David that he can still come home. As William is unlocking the chains, David simply tells him he's not crazy and immediately jumps just before his father enters the room. At David's apartment, Roland contacts someone and tells them that they now have David's "jump sites" and that he wants everybody up and running.
The next morning, David briefly watches his father while at the same time Roland is still in his apartment and finds a
photographof Millie. David goes to Millie's mother's house and finds out where Millie is at. Millie's mother tells him that Millie works at a bar. David later goes to that bar and watches Millie but does not make contact with her. He eventually decides to leave. As he is walking out, he runs into Mark, who recognizes him. At first he denies being David Rice, but is then noticed by Millie. When Mark comes onto Millie, David punches him, instigating a fight. The fight eventually takes the two of them out of view of everyone else and David then instantly jumps them both into the first bank vault he robbed. He leaves Mark there and returns to Millie. They have a conversation in which David lies to Millie, telling her that he is "in banking", but she is skeptical, noting that he failed algebra. During this conversation, Griffin is in the bar watching David. Eventually David invites Millie to a trip to Rome.
The same time David and Millie arrive in Rome, Roland pretends to be an employee of the CIA while visiting the
police stationwhere Mark is being held. When a police officer does not believe Roland's cover, Roland knocks him unconscious and interrogates Mark. From Mark he learns about Millie and later apparently finds out that she had just traveled to Rome with David.
In Rome, Millie tells David that she knows that he flunked algebra and is not in banking. She tells him that if he doesn't want to tell her everything that's fine, but just don't lie to her. However, he tells her he's not lying to her. Later, the two of them have sex. Eventually, they go
sight-seeingand visit the Colosseumonly to find it closed. David uses his abilities to unlock a door from the inside, telling a skeptical Millie the door was already unlocked. While opening another door, he meets Griffin, who warns him that Paladins are coming. Several Paladins show up and attack them. Griffin kills one and teleports, taking the body with him. David tries to leave with Millie, but is detained by Italian police and questioned about the death. While waiting for a magistrateto arrive, David's mother Mary ( Diane Lane) appears, gives him the keys to his handcuffs, and tells him he has very little time to leave. David tries to follow her, but she hurries away while he struggles against an Italian policeman. David tells Millie the police let him go and they leave together. Millie, now very suspicious, demands the truth. David declines and puts her on a plane home.
David jumps to Griffin's lair, asking where to find Roland. Griffin explains that Paladins will kill not only the Jumper, but everyone they love. He has been trying to kill Roland for years, as the Paladins killed his parents when he was a child and have tried to kill him several times. David teleports to his father, finds him bleeding and teleports him to a hospital. He returns to Griffin and convinces him to go with him to the airport to greet Millie. Upon arriving, they realize her flight landed an hour ago. Griffin returns to his lair to get weapons while David searches for Millie. He jumps into her apartment, angering Millie, who tells him to leave. David sees Roland arriving and shows her what he can do. He teleports her back to Griffin's lair. An irate Griffin explains the Paladins will follow using a machine to keep the
wormholeopen. The Paladins arrive to the lair, while hiding, David discovers photos of his mother with death threats written by Griffin, as he moves closer, he gets tied to the ceiling. They fight within Griffin's lair. Griffin attacks the Paladins with a flamethrowerand teleports a doubledecker bus to hurl at Roland. Roland is chased back through the portal, but snatches Millie back to her apartment with a cable.
Griffin decides to take a bomb to Millie's apartment and kill everyone. David refuses, wanting to save Millie. They fight through several locations, and David traps Griffin with power lines. Griffin warns that if he faces the Paladins alone he will be outnumbered. He goes anyway and is quickly trapped by Roland's electric cables. David cannot escape as he is tied to the apartment (and as Griffin had explained earlier, a Jumper will be killed if he tries to teleport too much weight). David separates the apartment from the rest of the building and teleports it into a river. He then teleports it to the library where he had first jumped as a teen. He teleports a barely conscious Roland to a cave near the top of the Grand Canyon and abandons him there, saying "I told you I'm different; could've dropped you with the sharks."
David visits his mother and is stunned when a girl, his half-sister, Sophie (
Kristen Stewart), answers the door. Mary tells David she has known he was a Jumper since he was five, when Jumpers make their first Jump. She is a Paladin, and she only had two choices at the time: kill David or leave. She allows him to leave, saying she is giving him a "head start." He leaves to meet with Millie outside. He asks her where she wants to go. Millie tells him to surprise her and the couple then teleports to an unknown location.
Hayden Christensenas David Rice: A young man who discovers the ability to "Jump" or teleport, then turns rebellious.
Max Thieriotas teenage David Rice
Rachel Bilsonas Millie Harris: David's childhood friend and crush, who later becomes his girlfriend.
AnnaSophia Robbas teenage Millie Harris
Samuel L. Jacksonas Roland Cox: The leader of the Paladins whose goal is to kill Jumpers.
Jamie Bellas Griffin: A renegade jumper who tracks down and eliminates Paladins.
Michael Rookeras William Rice: David's father.
Diane Laneas Mary Rice: David's mother who separated from her son when he was five years old.
Teddy Dunnas Mark Kobold: David's childhood bully.
**Jesse James as teenage Mark Kobold
Kristen Stewartas Sophie (cameo)
cript and storyboards
In November 2005,
New Regency Productionshired director Doug Limanto helm the film adaptationof the science fiction novel"Jumper" by Steven Gould. Screenwriter Jim Uhlswas hired to rewrite an adapted screenplay by David S. Goyer.Citation|last=Roberts|first=Samuel|title=A Big Jump|newspaper= SciFiNow|pages=36-40|date=February 2008] However, Liman desired another rewrite and Simon Kinbergassisted in completing the script. Liman spoke on using the novel for developing the script: "This is 100% Steven Gould's story, it's just reinvented as a movie."cite video|title=Jumper-"Jumping From Novel To Film: The Past, Present and Future of Jumper" (Special Feature)|medium=DVD|publisher= 20th Century Fox|date=2007] In an interview with Steven Gould, he revealed that he approved of the deviations from the novel. Before filming was to begin, the studio announced plans to develop a trilogy based on the novel's premise.cite news |last=Fleming|first=Michael| url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117932799.html?categoryid=1238&cs=1 | title=Liman in 'Jumper' suit | publisher=Variety | date= 2005-11-10| accessdate=2008-05-27]
While other films tend to use only one
storyboardartist, "Jumper" required six artists who each worked on an individual action sequence. The artists were given specific instruction on the rules of the teleportation used in the film, to ensure accuracy in the storyboarding. One artist reflected on the instructions: "I was just thinking, 'How would a guy that can teleport fight?' So you were really pushing yourself to try to think of inventive, cool, spectacular ways that you could use this jumping talent that these characters have."cite news|last=Lytal|first=Cristy|url=http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-ca-workinghollywood10feb10,1,44017.story?ctrack=2&cset=true|title="Jumper" storyboard artist Rob McCallum draws on his comic book cred|publisher= The Los Angeles Times|date= 2008-02-10| accessdate=2008-05-27]
In April 2006, actors
Tom Sturridge, Teresa Palmer, and Jamie Bellwere cast for "Jumper" with Sturridge in the lead role.cite news |last=Snyder|first=Gabriel|coauthors=Nicole Laporte | url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117940911.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 | title='Jumper' gets hopping with trio | publisher=Variety | date= 2006-04-03| accessdate=2008-05-27] The following July, actor Samuel L. Jacksonwas cast into "Jumper" as an NSA agent, with producer Simon Kinbergrewriting the original screenplay draft by Goyer. Principal photography was scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Rome, Toronto, and New York.cite news |last=Kit|first=Borys| url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002802052 | title=Jackson hops on 'Jumper' | publisher= The Hollywood Reporter| date= 2006-07-10| accessdate=2008-05-27] Production was stopped in June 2006 after producer Tom Rothmantold Liman "The lead is 18. Wouldn't the movie be better if he was 25? You have a huge movie here and adults won't go and see an 18-year-old. They'll consider it a children's movie. You could make a bigger movie than that."Citation|last=Day|first=Aubrey|title=Leap of Faith|newspaper= Total Film|pages=65-69|date=February 2008] Liman agreed on casting older actors for furthering the romantic aspect of the film.Citation|author=Dan|title=Briefing: Jumper|newspaper=Empire|pages=66-69|date=February 2008] In August, actor Hayden Christensenreplaced Sturridge in the lead role as David just two weeks before the beginning of shooting, as the studio "became concerned about not having a more prominent actor in their trio of young stars."cite news |last=Sampson|first=Mike| url=http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=12443 | title='Hayden in on Jumper' | publisher=www.JoBlo.com| date= 2006-08-11| accessdate=2008-05-27] Rapper Eminemwas also considered for the role.cite news |last=Carroll|first=Larry|url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1581622/story.jhtml|title=Eminem Almost Had Hayden Christensen's Role In 'Jumper' | publisher=www.mtv.com| date= 2008-02-14| accessdate=2008-05-27] After Christensen was recast for the lead role, Liman replaced Palmer with Rachel Bilson.
In September 2006, "Jumper" was filmed at various locations in
Peterborough, Ontarioand principal photography began in Torontoin October.cite news | last=Laporte|first=Nicole| coauthors=Gabriel Snyder | url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117951969.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 | title=Bilson joins 'Jumper' | publisher=Variety | date= 2006-10-15| accessdate=2008-05-27] cite news | last=Rellinger|first=Paul|url=http://www.mykawartha.com/article/4128 | title=Film crew jumps around the city | publisher=myKawartha.com | date= 2006-09-05| accessdate=2008-05-27] In December 2006, Liman negotiated with the Rome Film Commission for rare access to film for three days in the Colosseum. The scene in the Colosseum was originally written for the Pantheon, at which exterior shots were also filmed. The crew was required to keep equipment off the ground by using harnesses and had to rely on natural light for filming.cite news | last=Kiefer|first=Peter|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/17/movies/17kief.html?_r=1&ref=movies&oref=slogin | format=subscription required | title='Oh My God, Can You Rent the Colosseum?' | publisher= New York Times| date= 2006-12-17| accessdate=2008-05-27] Filming took place for 45 minutes in the morning and in the evening so as not to disturb the public touring the amphitheater throughout the day.cite news | last=Douglas |first=Edward|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=41797 | title= Spotlight on Jumper Director Doug Liman | publisher=www.ComingSoon.net | date= 2008-02-13| accessdate=2008-05-27] In order to maximize the short period for filming, four steadicams were set up to ensure time was not wasted in reloading the camera. A visual effects supervisor explained how visual effects were needed for various aspects after filming: "There were three kinds of shots: there were shots where they were able to get most of what they needed in the Coliseum itself; and then there were shots on a set that needed extensions beyond the limits of the set; and then there were shots where we needed to create the Coliseum basically from scratch."
After filming in Rome, scenes were filmed in Toronto during December 2006 to January 2007 and wrapped at the Canadian location on January 19. On January 26 in Toronto, 56-year-old David Ritchie, a set dresser, was fatally struck by frozen debris while dismantling an outdoor set in wintry conditions.cite news | last=Tillson|first=Tamsen| url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117958159.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 | title=Crew member killed on sci-fi film set | publisher=Variety | date=
2007-01-26| accessdate=2008-05-27] Another worker was injured and was sent to a hospital with serious head and shoulder injuries.cite news|author= Reuters|url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16833067/|title=Stagehand killed on set of Samuel Jackson film|publisher= MSNBC|date= 2007-01-29| accessdate=2008-05-27] After Toronto, the cast and crew traveled to Tokyo to film scenes. One scene required over 30 shoots as the scene could only be filmed in between traffic light changes. As a result of director Liman insisting Christensen perform his own stunts, the actor injured his hand, split open his ear, and developed a hyperdilated pupil that required hospital care while filming various scenes.cite news|url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/International_Buzz/Jumper_role_leaves_Hayden_battered/articleshow/2696682.cms|title=Jumper role leaves Hayden battered|publisher= The Times of India|date= 2008-01-14| accessdate=2008-05-27]
In February 2007, the next filming site was set up at Gallup Park in
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sixty students from the nearby Huron High School were cast as extras for the film.cite news | |last=McKee|first=Jenn | url=http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/aanews/index.ssf?/base/features-1/1172303187132380.xml&coll=2|format=dead link | title=And ... action! Film shot at bridge | publisher=Ann Arbor News | date= 2007-02-24| accessdate=2007-05-27] Since additional filming was required of the area, twenty other students were used for a day of filming in September.cite news |last=McKee|first=Jenn| url=http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/annarbornews/index.ssf?/base/features-2/120262926720400.xml&coll=2|format=dead link|title=Extra credit: Local teens with bit parts in "Jumper" will see who made the cut at movie's debut this week|publisher=Ann Arbor News| date= 2008-02-10| accessdate=2008-05-27] Altogether, filming took place in 20 cities in 14 countries.cite news |last=Gaudin|first=Sharon|url=http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9057664 | title=Teleportation: The leap from fact to fiction in new movie Jumper| publisher= Computerworld| date= 2008-01-17| accessdate=2008-05-27]
In interviews that followed the release of film (as well as some of the featurettes on the DVD), Jamie Bell was critical of the finished product, stating that he felt it had become "sugar coated" and too many people had worked on it in order to make it a money-spinner. He also described his frustration whilst they were shooting the film. [ [http://www.maxim.com/JumperStarJamieBellInterview/articles/26288.aspx Jumper Star Jamie Bell on Working With Nut Jobs on Maxim.com : Hot Girls, Sex, Photos, Hot Videos, Sports, Movies and Music ] ]
New Zealandvisual effects studio Weta Digitalwas initially selected to assist in creating a preview clip for the 2007 Comic-Con Convention.cite news|last=McLean|first=Thomas|url=http://vfxworld.com/?atype=articles&id=3556|title=Jumper: Using VFX to Disrupt Space and Time|publisher=VFXWorld|date= 2008-02-22| accessdate=2008-05-27] The studio's 100 employees later developed the visual effects for 300 of the 600 shots in the film.cite news|last=Cardy|first=Tom|url=http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4402991a1860.html|title=Transforming a reluctant hero|publisher= The Dominion Post|date= 2008-02-16| accessdate=2008-05-27] In total, there are more than 100 jumps in the film, and each jump was modified based on the distance and location the character(s) jumped.cite news|last=Dawes|first=Bill|url=http://www.fxguide.com/article467.html|title=Jumping Around with Weta|publisher= Fxguide|date= 2008-02-16| accessdate=2008-05-27] The jumps were developed using Nuke and Shake. Many of the shots, including those of Big Benand the Sphinxwere created using the program Maya. Weta's VFX supervisor Erik Winquist explained how the visual effects of the jumps were created: "The concept of what a jump looks like changed and evolved a little over the course of post production. There are shots in the film that use still array footage but not in the same way that we saw in " The Matrix". "The Matrix" was largely about stopping time whereas this was about using slow shutter speeds on those still array cameras to end up with a streaky motion-blurred image as the perspective was changing, which is a pretty interesting look." Other visual effects studios that assisted with the film include Hydraulx, Digital Domain, and Pixel Magic.
The film received widespread criticism and poor reviews from critics.
Rotten Tomatoesreported that 16% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 150 reviews — the consensus was "An erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects."cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jumper/ |title=Jumper - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-06-20|publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 35 out of 100, based on 36 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/jumper |title=Jumper (2008): Reviews |accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher= Metacritic] " Austin Chronicle"'s Marc Salov called the film "...pretty slick, entertaining stuff, well-crafted by Liman, edited into a tight, action-packed bundle of nerviness."cite news|last=Salov|first=Marc|url=http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid%3A587899|title=Jumper|publisher= Austin Chronicle|date= 2008-02-13|accessdate=2008-05-27] Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net gave the film a positive review: "An impressive feat as a vehicle for Doug Liman to pull out the stops with some of the most jaw-dropping stunts shot in some of the most amazing locations on earth."cite news|last=Douglas|first=Edward
accessdate=2008-05-27] Jules Brenner of Cinema Signals gave the film a negative review, stating "...by mid way, you wish the jumper were you. Teleporting yourself to the outer lobby would be far enough."cite news|last=Brenner|first=Jules|url=http://variagate.com/film08-2.htm?RT#Jumper|title=Jumper|publisher=Cinema Signals|date=
2008-05-24|accessdate=2008-05-27] Dustin Putman of www.TheMovieBoy.com also presented a negative review of the film, "With no one to root for, no adequate story development, and action scenes that are the epitome of underwhelming, "Jumper" is a lost cause."cite news|last=Putman |first=Dustin |url=http://themovieboy.com/reviews/j/08_jumper.htm|title=Jumper|publisher=www.TheMovieBoy.com|date= 2008-02-13|accessdate=2008-05-27]
Box office performance
The film was released Thursday, February 14, 2008 in the United States and Canada, in the hopes of pulling in business on
Valentine's Day.cite news|last=Goodman|first=Dean|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1729760620080217?feedType=RSS&feedName=entertainmentNews&sp=true |title=Jumper leaps to top of North American box office |accessdate=2008-05-27|date= 2008-02-17|publisher= Reuters] The film was targeted at an audience of both males and females below the age of 25. "Jumper" grossed $27.3 million on 4,600 screens in 3,428 theaters from Friday to Sunday, ranking first for the weekend at the box office.cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=jumper.htm |title=Jumper (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results |accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher= Box Office Mojo] In its first weekend, the film set the record for the largest February release in Koreaand had the first place position in 11 of the 30 markets it was released in.cite news |last=Segers |first=Frank |url=http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:w6kNPV5SZ-MJ:www.pdnonline.com/hr/content_display/international/news/e3ie188ab48abcdb049829a61630360aec8+jumper+tops+overseas+boxoffice+frank+segers&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&client=firefox-a | title="Jumper" tops overseas boxoffice | publisher= Hollywood Reporter| date= 2008-02-18| accessdate=2008-05-27] For the first two weekends of its release, the film maintained its number one position in international markets, while slipping to the second position in the United States to the release of "Vantage Point".cite news |last=Segers |first=Frank |url=http://www.top-movie-info.com/jumper-stays-atop-international-boxoffice/ | title="Jumper" stays atop international boxoffice | publisher= Hollywood Reporter| date= 2008-02-24| accessdate=2008-05-27] As of September 16, 2008, its worldwide gross is $222,008,155 with $80,172,128 from the domestic box office and $141,836,027 from foreign markets.cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=jumper.htm |title=Jumper |accessdate=2008-06-19|publisher= Box Office Mojo] It currently is the twenty third highest grossing film worldwide for 2008.cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=2008&p=.htm |title=2008 WORLDWIDE GROSSES |accessdate=2008-06-19|publisher= Box Office Mojo]
Steven Gould, the author of "Jumper" and "Reflex" also wrote "" as a tie-in for the film. The novel, released on August 21, 2007, focuses on the character Griffin which was created by screenwriter David Goyer specifically for the film. Because Griffin had not appeared in the two prior novels, Gould developed "Jumper: Griffin's Story" as a backstory of the character's early childhood before the film. When writing the novel, Gould had to work closely with a producer of the film to ensure that the story did not conflict with the film's premise.cite web|url=http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?id=44531|title=Jumper Jumps From Film |accessdate=2008-05-27|date= 2007-10-05|publisher=www.SciFi.com] Oni Pressreleased a graphic novel that portrays several back stories related to the film titled "".cite news|author=CBR News Team| url=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=12154|title= PREVIEW: "JUMPER: JUMPSCARS" - PREQUEL TO UPCOMING FILM |publisher= Comic Book Resources|date= 2007-12-13|accessdate=2008-05-27] The novel was released on February 13, 2008, one day before the film's wide release. A publisher for Oni Press commented on the tie-in to the film, stating: "The world that was being built around these characters was so well-realized and the mythology so interesting that other stories about this conflict would be plentiful and add to what the filmmakers were building." The novel was written by Nunzio DeFilippisand Christina Weirand illustrated by Brian Hurtt.
Name = Jumper: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Type = Film score
Released = February 19, 2008
AllmusicRating|3.5|5 [http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:j9fqxzejldfe link] The score for the film was released on February 19, 2008, after the film's release in theaters. The tracks were all written by John Powell. The music was conducted by Brett Weymark and performed by The Sydney Scoring Orchestra.cite web|url=http://www.soundtrack.net/albums/database/?id=4787|title=Jumper|accessdate=2008-05-27 |publisher= SoundtrackNet]
Video game and DVD release
A video game titled "" was made for the
Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wiiconsoles. The storyline focuses on the character Griffin as he attempts to avenge the death of his parents. Nicholas Longano of the video game publisher Brash Entertainmentstated, "From the very first script read, we knew this had to be made into a game. The teleportation elements make for some very compelling gameplay."cite news|last=Fritz|first=Ben| url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117975876.html?categoryid=13&cs=1|title=Brash leaps on 'Jumper'|publisher=Variety|date= 2007-11-12|accessdate=2008-05-27] The game was released on February 12, 2008, two days before the film's wide release.cite news|url=http://www.gamershell.com/companies/brash_entertainment/384530.html|title=Brash Entertainment Announces Jumper Video Game|publisher= [http://www.gamershell.com/ GamersHell.com] |date= 2007-11-13|accessdate=2008-05-27] Game Rankingsgave the Xbox 360 version of the game a 30.0% positive rating, based on twelve reviews.cite web| url=http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/943992.asp?q=jumper|title=Jumper: Griffin's Story - X360|publisher= Game Rankings|accessdate=2008-05-27] The PlayStation 2 version received a 35.0% positive rating while the Wii version had a 22.6% positive rating. Daemon Hatfield of IGNreviewed the Xbox 360 version and gave it a negative review: "Low production values, monotonous gameplay, and lackluster visuals make this a story you can jump past."cite news|last=Hatfield|first=Daemon| url=http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/855/855149p1.html|title=Brash leaps on 'Jumper'|publisher= IGN|date= 2008-02-26|accessdate=2008-05-27]
The film was released on
Blu-ray Discand DVD in North America on June 10, 2008 and internationally on June 16.cite news|last=Epstein|first=Ronald|url=http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/sd-dvd-film-documentary/270990-tcfhe-press-release-jumper-dvd-blu-ray.html|title=JUMPER|publisher=Home Theater Forum|date= 2008-04-02|accessdate=2008-05-27] Special features include a commentary, deleted scenes, an animated graphic novel, featurettes, and a digital copy allowing consumers to watch the film on portable devices.
Prior to the film's release, Hayden Christensen reflected on the possibility of one or more sequels: "This has definitely been set up in a way that will allow for more films, and Doug has been careful to make sure that he's created characters that will have room to grow." Lucas Foster during production of the film stated in an interview: "The ideas got so large, that they really couldn't fit into, you know, one or two movies, they needed to evolve over at least three movies. So we planned the story out over three movies and then we sliced it up in such a way as to leave room for the other two movies." In response to the film's box office performance, Doug Liman has spoken of his ideas for a sequel. Among them are that Jumpers can reach other planets and travel in time, as well as their capacity for espionage. He has also stated that Rachel Bilson's character will learn how to jump, just as in Gould's sequel, "Reflex".cite news|author=Frosty|url=http://www.collider.com/entertainment/interviews/article.asp/aid/6955/tcid/1/pg/1|title=Director Doug Liman – Exclusive Interview – JUMPER|publisher= [http://www.gamershell.com/ GamersHell.com] |date=
Jumper: David's Story
A movie is being made called "" based on David's childhood when he discovers his ability, and running away from home. It is in production and is to be released on
October 31, 2009. The movie is going to begin filming October 28. A script is being made but it is not finished yet.when It takes place during David's school years but he doesn't meet Millie yet. Max Thieriotis not going to star as David neither Michael Rookeras his alcoholic father William Rice but a whole new cast. It has nothing to do with Jumper 2. It's been stated in a magazineClarifyme|date=October 2008 that the director is focusing a lot on the teleportationability meaning that the effect of teleporting will be mixed with fighting like Griffin did but more intense. The director said "There is going to be sic|alot of fighting involving teleporting, remember that this is when David discovers his power so he will be training. David will also steal things so David gets the nickname of "thief" by the police but the police is unaware of his power and of his iedentity". The second important role is David's grandmotherAnn Rice (father of William). She is aware of her son's alcohol habit. The third important role is Griffin, an orphan.
*Alfred Bester's 1956 novel "
The Stars My Destination"
*Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1965 novel "
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"
Poul Anderson's 1972 novel "There Will Be Time"
* [http://www.jumperthemovie.com/ Official site and trailer]
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