The hit middle-school graphic novel Astronaut Academy could be coming to the big (and small) screen soon, and the logline pretty much says it all: “Harry Potter in space.”
Deadline reports writer-producer Vivek J. Tiwary has snagged the TV and film rights to the series from bestselling author-illustrator Dave Roman (Agnes Quill). Yiwary hopes to turn the books into both a live-action TV series and a film franchise. The report notes talks are already underway with writers, networks and studios to adapt the coming-of-age adventure set in a fantastical space station.
“I grew up with The Goonies and Time Bandits, and later Buffy The Vampire Slayer — TV shows and films where misfits and oddballs are the heroes of big adventures,” Roman told Deadline. “To see Astronaut Academy follow in those footsteps makes me wish I could build a time machine to blow the mind of my 12-year-old self.”
The logline for the series follows Hakata Soy and his friends/crushes Miyumi San and Maribelle Mellonbelly as they train to be space heroes at Astronaut Academy. While there, these unlikely heroes save the universe from a threat the adults just can’t handle — while still not forgetting about their studies and lighthearted teen angst, of course.
This pitch certainly has the potential to resonate with kids and adults alike, and the graphic novels are an excellent template to build out a TV series (or movie franchise). What do you think? Would you dig seeing Astronaut Academy brought to life?