Just after we were speculating whether YouTubers outside of the US were doing as much off-YouTube work as their American(/Canadian) counterparts, Divimove announced that a Dutch creator in its network, Enzo Knol, will star in a feature film that is set to come to theaters in 2016.
Called, appropriately, “Offline,” the film will take place in the Netherlands during an internet black-out caused by cyber attackers, which will plunge the country into a state of chaos. The movie will specifically focus on how this affects YouTube creators and their audiences, part of which involves traditional stars and entertainment gaining back some of the traction the film suggests they had lost to digital creators.
The producers of “Offline,” NewBeTV, Just Productions, and Knol, announced the upcoming movie at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be distributed across theaters in the Netherlands in 2016 by Just Film Distributions. Iván López Núñez will direct, and other YouTubers, both Dutch and internationally known, will feature in the film alongside “traditional” actors.
“The concept of ‘Offline’ really appealed to me because the internet plays such an essential part in my daily life, and in those of the other YouTubers, of course,” said Knol.
In Europe, where YouTubers haven’t been quite as active across traditional media as they have in the US, it seems only fitting that this first big theatrical release starring a digital influencer will focus on him being a YouTuber. As Divimove’s co-founder, Philipp Bernecker, noted in a previous article, “acting is not necessarily the way to go” for YouTubers who are used to a less scripted kind of video entertainment. Thus, acting as a YouTube creator may be the most sensible way to cross that boundary.
Knol is a Netherlands-based vlogger who has become well known throughout the country. He has over 687,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he will be posting videos about making the feature film “Offline” while it’s in production, building hype for the movie.