The comic book film adaptation of ATLANTIS RISING is really starting to gain some momentum and they are already buiding up some really big hype for it. As you may or may not know Len Wiseman has been brought in to direct the film. He also directed films such as 'Underworld' and 'Live Free or Die Hard' so you know there is going to be a lot of crazy over the top action.
The most recent news is that Joby Harold has been brought is to write the script. Harold wrote and directed a film called 'Awake' that starred Hayden Christensen, Terrence Howard and Jessica Alba. 'Awake' was really not a very good film, but I guess the studio can get him at a decent price.
Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing the 'Atlantis Rising'. They go on to say:
"As a writer, Joby has an amazingly strong understanding of how to take genre seriously, which is prerequisite No. 1 for us when it comes to these kinds of movies,"
I guess they liked his movie 'Awake'. So here is where the hype begins:
The newly independent DreamWorks hopes to have "Atlantis" -- envisioned as a big-budget, effects-driven sci-fi war movie in the vein of the James Cameron-directed "Aliens" and "The Abyss" -- in theaters as a summer 2011 tentpole.
Sounds to me like they have some very high expectations for this film. We know that James Cameron can pull off this kind of big budget Sci-Fi effects driven movie but can Wiseman? Can Harold put a solid and good script together? I think the movie could end up being very good, I also think it can end up being pretty bad. The official synopsis of the series is as follows:
"After more than a thousand years of peaceful coexistence, Atlantis and the surface world are on the brink of war with the fate of both civilizations hanging in the balance."
Sounds like a cool concept. If you want you can read the first 4 issues of the comic book for free at drunkduck.com. I hope they can pull off what they are aiming for.