FremantleMedia acquires rights to Astro City

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FremantleMedia North America has obtained the rights to Astro City – the multiple award-wining comic series, created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross.

 

Currently published by DC Comics, the series has remained a triple threat worldwide since its debut in 1995: a sales success, critics’ choice and fan favourite. Astro City’s vastly detailed story world represents the last, fully fleshed out superhero universe in the English language comic book business that remains unexploited for the screen.

Spanning 16 (and counting) story arcs containing more than 2,000 original characters, the fictional Astro City universe explores the lives of ordinary people and the superhumans in their midst. It follows their collective, daily struggle to hold on to hope in the face of world-shaking, life-altering events beyond any single individual’s control.

The live action Astro City television drama series is being produced by FremantleMedia North America, with its pilot episode being written by Kurt Busiek and Rick Alexander. Gregory Noveck serves as Executive Producer of the series, along with Alexander and Busiek.

Kurt Busiek commented: “It’s a thrill to be working with Rick, Gregory and FremantleMedia on this. Everyone, at every turn, is supportive, helpful and completely focused on capturing the feel of Astro City and bringing it to life as a TV show. I can’t wait to see it all take wing.”

FremantleMedia North America’s Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming and Development, Stefanie Berk, is overseeing for the studio.

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