Origin story

January 22, 2019


YouTube Premium drama Origin tells the story of 10 strangers who wake up on a deserted spaceship after agreeing to journey to a distant planet on the promise of leaving their past behind. The abandoned passengers must then work together to survive – but they quickly realise one of them is far from who they claim to be.

In this DQTV interview, showrunner Mika Watkins discusses the genre-bending story, which blends sci-fi and horror with romance, noir and more.

She talks about taking on the series – the pilot was the first script she was ever paid to write – and the challenges that came with developing the drama.

Watkins also opens up about her writing process, running a writers room and the differences between being a showrunner and a lead writer on a series.

Origin is produced by Left Bank Pictures, Midnight Radio and CiTVC, in association with Sony Pictures Television, for YouTube Premium.

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