Writer/ director Joby Harold is currently negotiating to write the film adaptation of the five-part comic book, “Atlantis Rising” for DreamWorks. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Eagle Eye, Star Trek 11) are producing, along with Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who created the original “Atlantis Rising” series. Len Wiseman is attached to direct the apocalyptic science fiction thriller.
In “Atlantis Rising” an underwater civilization is discovered after seismic tremors announce its presence. (Big spoiler here), hostilities with us mainlanders ensue. “In the classic versions of this kind of movie, the threat always seems to come from space, ” Orci said. “The idea that its somehow our cousins who went off on a different path of evolution who have been here, literally, underneath our oceans. That’s fascinating, the idea of secrets right under your nose.”
The newly independent DreamWorks, hopes to have “Atlantis Rising” – which is envisioned as a big-budget, effects driven sci-fi war epic in the vein of “Aliens” or the “Abyss” – in theaters as a summer 2011 release.
Platinum Studios also has “Cowboys and Aliens”, in development with Kurtsman and Orci at DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment. Toby Harold is also adapting the Frank Miller comic, “Ronin” for Warner Bros.
Sounds like a cool concept , one of these days somebody really needs to make an epic Atlantis film, however I don’t know if this will be it.