Writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, World War Z, Sense8) has enjoyed a successful career with his extensive work in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books and more. The Babylon 5 creator has a knack when it comes to sci-fi and superheroes, working on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Before Watchmen, and Superman. Now he is getting the opportunity to bring one of his own creations, the comic book series ‘Rising Stars,’ to the big screen.
MGM Studios has picked up Straczynski’s ‘Rising Stars’ for film development. The creator will write the script and work alongside producers Alex Gartner (Barbershop 2, The Bank Job) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, Suicide Squad).
Rising Stars is about a group of children who are born with special abilities after a mysterious light appears in the sky. The world quickly learns that these 113 individuals, who were in utero when that meteor hit Pederson, Illinois, were gifted with special powers. However, some of these super-powered people are being murdered, and when that happens, their abilities jump to the remaining “specials,” some of whom aren’t that interested in the superhero lifestyle. Dubbed “the most realistic superhero epic since Alan Moore’s Watchmen,” the 24-issue series debuted in 1999 and was well-received and highly praised for its realism.
No word on when production will begin or a potential release date.