Penguin Books U.K. and Amber Entertainment are teaming up for an adaptation of Marcus Blake’s action-adventure Atlantis: Revelation, reports Variety. Julian Fellowes, creator and executive producer of “Downton Abbey” and Gosford Park screenwriter, is will executive produce the movie and is overseeing development of the script.
Penguin Books U.K. will be publishing the first novel in October. The book is part of a planned trilogy which explores the notion that the myth of the lost city of Atlantis was real.
There are few legends that seem to touch the very heart of our human story, but the tale of the Lost City of Atlantis is one of them, the dazzling civilization, beautiful, glamorous, rich beyond measure, that was plunged beneath the sea, Fellowes said. It is an inspiring thought that this generation is to have its own retelling of the story, made even more so by the involvement of Penguin publishing, a company that has made the care of our literary culture their chief business for so many years.
Amber is headed by former New Line executive Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman. Atlantis has been part of the collective unconscious and is a myth that is known all around the world, they said. To marry this extraordinary story with a well-known thriller genre will make for both compulsive reading as well as for compulsive movie-going.