Writer/director Joby Harold is negotiating to write the adaptation of the comic book Atlantis Rising for DreamWorks Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter. Len Wiseman is attached to direct the apocalyptic science fiction project.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing along with Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who created the original “Atlantis Rising” five-part series. Randy Greenberg is executive producing.
In “Atlantis,” an underworld civilization is discovered after seismic rumbles announce its presence. Hostilities with Earth’s land-dwellers ensue.
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.
Harold is currently adapting the Frank Miller comic Ronin for Warner Bros. Pictures.