Legendary Digital Networks streaming service platform Alpha is working on something interesting a new called Orbital Redux, and it’ll star Yuri Lowenthal.
Orbital Redux is being called an “interactive” series, one where Lowenthal will film and stream weekly episodes to audiences live. He’ll be playing Zachery “Max” Levodolinksy, who is described as “a former astronaut navigating life after NASA runs out of funding, removing all the thrilling, heroic jobs”, and teaching a new pilot (Yasmine Al-Bustami) the ropes of the space program.
Viewers will be able to participate with the series by voting on potential plot twists — characters’ decisions and hurdles — with the actors performing the choices in real time.
Butcher Bird Studios Steven Calcote, who will be writing and directing the series, commented to Variety (who first broke the news) that:
“When it comes to entertainment, you don’t get to unleash a first very often. We’re not just thrusting viewers into the middle of a cinematic spaceship adventure series, we’re streaming it live. That means live performances, live special effects, live cinematography, live sci-fi. It’s a high-wire act that our audience won’t experience anywhere else.”
“When Steven pitched me the show, I said ‘yes’ before he even made it 10 seconds in. How often does an actor get a chance to do a play, on a spaceship, that the entire world can be watching live? I’ve been doing this a long time, and this is the first time I’ve ever had a chance to do something quite like this. Actually, I’ve never heard of anything quite like this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m bloody terrified, but I always try to say ‘yes’ to the projects that scare me.”
Orbital Redux will begin streaming weekly episodes (eight total) on September 27th, 2018 on Legendary Digital Networks’ Alpha.