Update (5:07pm ET): YTV has also unleashed a first look at the CG portion of the upcoming series, showcasing the principal cast members in full battle gear, ready to combat the villains of the cyberspace:
Original Story: Canadian children’s television network YTV has unveiled its first official look at the live-action (ahem) reboot of “ReBoot.” The live-action series marks a return to the franchise that originated as a computer-animated series from 1994-2001 on YTV.
— YTV.com (@ytv) March 28, 2017
After playing the multiplayer Cyber Guardians video game together, four teenagers are recruited by V.E.R.A (Hannah Vandenbygaart, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!), the Virtual Evolutionary Recombinant Avatar, to fulfill their mandate to mend and defend cyberspace. Austin (Ty Wood, The Haunting in Connecticut), Tamra (Sydney Scotia, Some Assembly Required), Parker (Ajay Parikh-Friese, Mr. Young), and Trey (Gabriel Darku, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) now must protect cyberspace from threats that pose true consequences to both the virtual and real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started at Alan Turing High. Way more.
In a press release touting the start of production on the series’ live-action elements, Corus noted, “ReBoot: The Guardian Code intercuts live-action scenes with awe-inspiring CG animation produced with the Unreal game engine, showing how the real world and cyberspace are interconnected.”
“The power of the game engine’s capabilities to create vast cyberspace settings along with AI (Artificial Intelligence) for dynamic secondary animation fused with live action, will deliver a truly unique and engaging experience for viewers,” Creator and Executive Producer Michael Hefferon said. “As groundbreaking as the original ReBoot was being the first ever CG animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code takes it to a whole new level.”
The press release also confirms a trans-media element to the series which incorporates “…360-degree engagement experiences for audiences with interactive mobile games, a digital trading card game that syncs with the broadcast of the series, and a Virtual Reality experience that puts fans right in the middle of the cyberspace action.”
YTV owner Corus Entertainment ordered 20 episodes of the “ReBoot” reimagining — titled “ReBoot: The Guardian Code” — back in 2015. The series is produced by Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe subsidiary.
Debuting in 1994, “ReBoot” was the first fully computer-generated animated series. Created by Gavin Blair, John Grace, Phil Mitchell and Ian Pearson, the series was set in the inner world of a computer system known as the Mainframe, where Bob, Dot and Enzo battled the viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal and their henchmen. “ReBoot” which featured original visuals created by Brendan McCarthy, aired for four seasons, finally ending in 2001. The series was also notable for featuring work from Dan Didio, who would go on to become Editor-in-Chief, and later co-Publisher, of DC Entertainment.
Created by Michael Hefferon, “The Guardian Code” is an adventure-comedy about four teens who discover they’re next-generation Guardians tasked with saving the world, by defending it in cyberspace. With the help of VERA, the last surviving cyberbeing from the original Guardian Program, they stream into cyberspace, where they use their code-based powers to battle viruses unleashed by the ruthless hacker Sourcerer.