Deadline reports that MGM has optioned the feature film rights to Rising Stars, the comic book created by J. Micheal Straczynski and published by Top Cow at the turn of the century.
The premise involved the sudden appearance of people with superpowers roughly eighteen years after a meteor struck an Illinois town. And as some of the powered people begin to become murder victims, their powers pass onto another of the 113 children in utero at the time of the meteor strike.
The series represented Straczynski’s first major foray into comics following the conclusion of his sci-fi series, Babylon 5; which he also hopes to one day bring to features. Published by Top Cow under the “Joe’s Comics” imprint, the series ultimately comprised twenty-four issues released from 1999 until 2005. The final four issues were delayed during a dispute between Straczynski and Top Cow over a potential film adaptation which never materialized.
Straczynski will adapt the book and produce along side Alex Gartner and Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas Entertainment. No director or stars are as yet attached.
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