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YA Novel ‘Aurora Rising’ to Be Adapted Into a Series From MGM TV

BY Candice Wagner

Published 5 years ago

YA Novel ‘Aurora Rising’ to Be Adapted Into a Series From MGM TV

Aurora Rising, a best-selling YA sci-fi thriller novel has been optioned by MGM Television to become a TV series according to Deadline. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, New York Times and internationally bestselling authors, are the masterminds behind the novel. MGM will serve as the international distributor, and MGM Television will produce the series, currently titled Aurora Rising.

First published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019, Aurora Rising’s epic tale starts in the year 2380, with star pupil Ty Jones, one of the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy, ready to go on a mission with the squad of his dreams. However, Ty gets stuck with a bunch of dead weights nobody in the Academy would dare touch. Ty’s squad isn’t his worst problem yet—it’s the girl they rescued, Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley. She could be the catalyst that starts a war that’s millions of years in the making. Ty and his loser squad just might be the last hope for the galaxy.

Aurora Rising, From Novel To Series

Edward Milstein (Ace Ventura) and Bill Todman, Jr. will executive produce alongside Limor Hakim for Level 1 Entertainment. Max Kisbye, MGM’s executive vice president of television development and production, and Rob Hochberg, director of television development and production will supervise the series. Kaufman and Kristoff will also serve as consulting producers.

MGM President for Television Production and Development Steve Stark praised the authors’ work, saying, “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.”

“We are beyond excited to be working with MGM Television, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff to make this epic space opera into a fantastic television series,” added Todman and Milstein.

Starbound Trilogy, another bestselling novel by Kaufman and co-written by Meagan Spooner is also being developed into a television series by MGM. Starbound is a sci-fi romance trilogy that includes three main books, “These Broken Stars (2013),” “This Shattered World (2014),” and “Their Fractured Light (2015).” Book one is about love, loyalty, courage and the power to overcome greed and difficulty. Book two is a story of love and forgiveness in a world tormented by war. Book three, the final installment, is about the power of courage and hope in humanity’s darkest hour.

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