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Astronaut Academy, a.k.a. 'Harry Potter in Space,' Gets Optioned for TV and Film

Illustration for article titled iAstronaut Academy/i, a.k.a. iHarry Potter/i in Space, Gets Optioned for TV and Film

“It’s Harry Potter in space,” says producer Vivek J. Tiwary and really, that’s all he needs to say. That short sentence is enough to get people interested in Astronaut Academy, a comic series by Dave Roman that Tiwary just optioned to make into both a TV show and movie.


Roman’s series tells the story of students training to be heroes at a school called the Astronaut Academy. When a threat the adults can’t handle threatens the universe, a character named Hakata Soy recruits several of his friends to battle it.

So far the series is comprised of 2011’s Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity and 2013’s Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry and Tiwary is reaching currently out to writers, producers, studios and networks to turn those works into a live-action TV series and a film series.


“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, who broke the news. “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.”


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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