Atlantis Studios, New South Independent, and 3rd Shift Media announced today a three-year option agreement to develop Aurora: The Star Runner Chronicles into a live action feature-length film. Aurora is a science fiction graphic novel series about a rebellious teen girl with unpredictable powers. When these powers expose her, the rebellious outcast must uncover her true origin… before it is destroyed.
This is the first feature film partnership between Atlantis Studios owned by James Watson (The Adventures of Paula Peril), New South Independent owned by Gabrielle Pickle (Only) and Megan Messmer (Imprisoned), and Third Shift Media owned by Ryan Dennett-Smith (By Nights End). Plans call for filming in Georgia, using local crew and stars from the world of independent film.
“We’re very excited to see Star Runner developed as a feature film”, said series creator James Watson, “We’ve kept this in our vaults, waiting for just the right production partners. These production companies understand the heart of the series, and are committed to making a film that is true to its themes and characters.”
“Following the success of our recent feature films” Ryan Dennett-Smith commented, “this is the the kind of property we hope to develop more over the next few years. It’s a science fiction adventure with a lot of heart, a genre film that will appeal to a broad audience. We look forward to bringing Aurora to life!”
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About In New South Independent and 3rd Shift Media
The joint venture between New South Independent (Gabrielle Pickle and Megan Messmer) and Third Shift Media (Ryan Dennett-Smith) has come together to cultivate and produce strong independent feature films. With a combined portfolio of over 20 years in the media business, the joint venture is a highly-talented, creative team focused on developing feature films for the international market.
About Atlantis Studios
Atlantis Studios is a Virginia-based sequential arts studio specializing in comics and graphic novels for science fiction, fantasy, and action-adventure licensed properties. Since its creation in 1997, Atlantis Studios has created, published, or produced over 200 published works, many of them developed exclusively for clients in the film and television industry.
The Star Runner Chronicles is a graphic novel series, inspired by classic science fiction for young adults, such as books by Alexander Key (Escape to Witch Mountain) and Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time). It is available digitally and in trade paperback format at: www.StarRunnerComics.com