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‘Aurora Rising’ YA Novel to Be Adapted Into MGM Television Series

The New York Times bestselling novel was written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling young adult sci-fi thriller novel, “Aurora Rising,” has been optioned by MGM Television for development into a TV series.

MGM will serve as international distributor, and MGM Television will produce the series. Bill Todman, Jr. and Edward Milstein (“Ace Ventura”) will executive produce, and Limor Hakim co-produce for Level 1 Entertainment. Kaufman and Kristoff will serve as consulting producers. Showrunners and writers are currently being interviewed.

Per MGM: “Set in the year 2380, Aurora Rising 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.”

“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, president of television production and development at MGM.

“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,” Todman and Milstein said.

Overseeing the series for MGM Television are Max Kisbye, MGM’s executive vice president of television development and production, and Rob Hochberg, director of television development and production.

Kaufman and Kristoff are represented by Stephen Moore at The Kohner Agency.

Deadline was first to report the news.

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