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Dreamworks Options Rights to Atlantis Rising

Atlantis Rising is the second Platinum Studios property that Dreamworks Studios has optioned from the up-and-coming comic book company.
The Greenberg Group CEO and former Universal Pictures senior executive Randy Greenberg will executive produce and Platinum Studios Rich Marincic will co-produce.

Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Atlantis Rising is a five-part mini series first published by Platinum Studios Comics in November of 2007. The fifth and final installment in the series is due on comic book shelves in late April 2008.

In Atlantis Rising, seismic disturbances at sea force world militaries to investigate the deepest part of our ocean, where an underground civilization emerges to do war with planet earth.

Atlantis Rising marks the second property that DreamWorks has optioned from Platinum Studios. DreamWorks, along with Universal Studios, optioned the rights to Cowboys and Aliens last year and is currently developing the sci-fi western adventure along with Kurtzman and Orci and Imagine Entertainment.

”We are excited about bringing audiences into the vast mysterious world of the ocean's depths for what we hope will be an edge-of-your seat experience,” said Adam Goodman, DreamWorks’ President of Production. “Our team at DreamWorks looks forward to this new association with Platinum Studios, and Kurtzman and Orci.”

“Atlantis Rising is a provocative sci-fi thriller that at its core, echoes the global debate on our impact to the environment,”
said Rosenberg. “To again be working with the creative duo of DreamWorks and Kurtzman/Orci, I believe will give the project a bold and enthralling take on this classic myth.”
"No sea horses or tridents here,"
said producers Kurtzman and Orci, "The comic brings a fresh, techno-thriller approach to a story that holds all the tenets of a classic us-versus-them alien invasion movie."

Kurtzman and Orci currently have an overall producing deal with DreamWorks Studios. They are currently producing the action thriller Eagle Eye for DreamWorks which will be released in theaters this September. They have also written several screenplays for DreamWorks projects, including Transformers and The Island, and are currently at work on Transformers 2. Among their other writing credits are Mission: Impossible III, The Legend of Zorro, and next year’s Star Trek, which they are also executive producing. They also served as producers and writers on the hit TV series, Alias, and are executive producing the action/drama Fringe which is scheduled to debut on Fox in the fall.

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Brent Sprecher
4/16/2008
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