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MGM picks up rights to J. Michael Straczynski's Top Cow comic Rising Stars

06.15.2016
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Deadline is reporting that MGM and Atlas Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the Top Cow comic book Rising Stars.

The 24-issue limited comic book series, which ran from 1999 to 2005, follows "a special group of people all linked to one extraordinary event, and how they change the world we know into something we only imagined. It offers a new world of superheroes, as 113 children who were in utero when a meteor hit their Illinois hometown were left with special powers. Some of them are being murdered, and when that happens, their powers switch to the remaining 'specials,' some of whom want nothing to do with this superhero business."

In addition to penning the script, creator J. Michael Straczynski will also produce the movie alongside Atlas through his Studio JMS shingle. Straczynski isn't a stranger to big or small screen projects though. He co-created the Netflix series Sense8, as well as Babylon 5 and the spinoff Crusade, while his feature film writing credits include WORLD WAR Z, THOR and CHANGELING. Which director do you think should helm Rising Stars?

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Extra Tidbit: One of J. Michael Straczynski's earliest jobs was as a story editor on The Real Ghostbusters.
Source: Deadline

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3:26PM on 06/15/2016
I remember that one. Great Story and interesting characters but the delays between issues and the less than stellar art (lazy and horrible looking) by some last minute guest or replacement artists killed the series for me. Could make a awesome triology on the big Screen though.
I remember that one. Great Story and interesting characters but the delays between issues and the less than stellar art (lazy and horrible looking) by some last minute guest or replacement artists killed the series for me. Could make a awesome triology on the big Screen though.
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11:49AM on 06/15/2016
I read this when it first came back out. When the TV show Heroes was announced I thought it would feel more like Rising Stars but...no. With a good budget this could end up being a new franchise. Think Powers meets Heroes meets X-Men and you have Rising Stars.
I read this when it first came back out. When the TV show Heroes was announced I thought it would feel more like Rising Stars but...no. With a good budget this could end up being a new franchise. Think Powers meets Heroes meets X-Men and you have Rising Stars.
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11:43AM on 06/15/2016
I like this dude! I think he's the glue for when the Wachkowski Bros. do something good. Sense 8 was awesome and can't wait for Season 2 and there are its' haters, but I really enjoyed WWZ. I'd like to see what JMS can do with this realm of a take on superheroes/powers, etc...
I like this dude! I think he's the glue for when the Wachkowski Bros. do something good. Sense 8 was awesome and can't wait for Season 2 and there are its' haters, but I really enjoyed WWZ. I'd like to see what JMS can do with this realm of a take on superheroes/powers, etc...
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