'Atlantis Rising' set at DreamWorks


UPDATED 11:25 A.M. PT, April 16, 2008

DreamWorks has optioned the rights to Platinum Studios' comic book "Atlantis Rising" for a live-action feature adaptation to be produced by studio-based Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Platinum chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg also will produce.

Created by Rosenberg, "Atlantis" is a five-part miniseries first published by Platinum Studios Comics in November. The fifth and final installment in the series, written by Scott O. Brown and drawn by Tim Irwin and Andy Elder, is due on comic book shelves in late April.

In "Atlantis," seismic disturbances at sea force world militaries to investigate the deepest part of the world's ocean, where an underground civilization emerges to wage war with planet Earth.

"The comic brings a fresh, techno-thriller approach to a story that holds all the tenets of a classic us-vs.-them alien invasion movie," Kurtzman said.

"No sea horses or tridents here," Orci joked.

Rosenberg said the project to him echoed "the global debate on our impact to the environment."

Greenberg Group CEO and former Universal senior executive Randy Greenberg will executive produce, and Platinum's Rich Marincic will co-produce.

Holly Bario and Jonathan Eirich are overseeing the project for DreamWorks. Steven Puri shepherds for Kurtzman and Orci.

Kurtzman and Orci, who brought the project to the studio, will produce through their DreamWorks based company.

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

Kurtzman and Orci are in post on the thriller "Eagle Eye," starring Shia LaBeouf, which DreamWorks will release in September. The sought-after pair, with credits ranging from "The Legend of Zorro" to the new "Star Trek" movie, are currently working on "Transformers 2." They're also teaming with J. J. Abrams, with whom they worked on "Alias," to executive produce Fox's two-hour action-drama pilot "Fringe."