Robert Downey Jr. Making YouTube Series Based on Artificial Intelligence
The star of this year’s biggest box-office hit is now turning his sights to YouTube’s subscription service. Robert Downey Jr is following up the Avengers movies with an online series about artificial intelligence, scheduled for 2019.
The Iron Man actor plans to present the eight-part documentary, as well as co-produce it with his wife, Susan Downey. YouTube Red is currently available only in the US, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South America, but the company has said that it plans to launch in more countries this year.
Tom Harrington of Enders Analysis said that working with stars such as Robert Downey Jr was a way of expanding the platform beyond its original scope, which focused on monetizing personalities who became famous on YouTube. “Suddenly you’ve got a show with Robert Downey Jr and AI and you think, ‘Maybe I’ve got YouTube Red wrong, maybe I need to look into this.”
Eight days after the series’ debut this month, YouTube announced that it would be renewed for a second season.