‘Aurora Rising’ Optioned For Television By MGM

Another book. Another option. To be honest, this book has been out, but I haven’t read it. It’s sitting on my side table.

However, Aurora Rising has been a book that all my friends are talking about. The book, which comes from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, has been optioned for television by MGM.

Personally, I am happy to see more books being optioned for television versus movies. I think that sometimes everyone is in a rush to think that a book has to be a movie, when I love the idea of being able to return to my favorite books, week after week. I think that television offers a chance for the reader and the viewer to connect on a different level to the material.

And I think we need more of that.

Aurora Rising is set in the year 2380, and follows Ty Jones, the top cadet of the Aurora Academy, and his unwanted squad of misfits and losers as they slowly realize that the girl they rescued from hundreds of years of cryo-sleep may be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making. The book, the first in the Aurora Cycle was published on May 7, from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Bill Todman Jr. and Edward Millstein will executive produce with Limor Hakim co-producing for Level 1 Entertainment. Kaufman and Kristoff are involved and attached as consulting producers.

“Amie and Jay have created something really special with Aurora Rising. Their novel blends comedy, action and heart seamlessly in such a wonderful way. We are all looking forward to working with them, Bill and the whole creative team at Level 1 to bring this impressive story to television,” said Steve Stark, MGM President, Television Production and Development.

The show is currently out to showrunners and writers.

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