​youtube plan to make feature films

The Google-owned video platform will create full-length films and original series, but you may have to pay.

by Charlotte Gush
30 April 2015, 1:08am

Still from YouTube channel TheFineBros

YouTube are getting in on the film streaming and original web series game, Netflix style. The online video-sharing giant has announced plans to create four original series with some of their "top creators", as well as premiering feature films "driven by YouTube stars … before they become available elsewhere". If they're planning on selling the programmes on, it seems unlikely that they will be showing the content for free, fuelling speculation about a premium Youtube service.

Just how much would you pay for 90 minutes of keyboard cat, or the wonder of a double rainbow? The "YouTube stars" slated to appear in full-length films have not been named, but it has been revealed that they will all be produced by YouTube success story Brian Robbins, who web sketch show AwesomenessTV is currently filming its second series for Nickelodeon.

The four original series will include a scripted comedy about X Factor-style TV singing competitions by the Fine Brothers, a Punk'd-esque prank show with celebrity guests by Prank vs. Prank, a theme restaurant sitcom by Smosh, and, err, a "murder mystery reality series" with Joey Graceffa.


Text Charlotte Gush