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“The Planet Thieves” Film Pitched as Harry Potter Set in Space

Promoted as Star Trek meets Rick Riordan (the American author best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series,) Warner Bros. has obtained the rights to author Dan Krokos’ “The Planet Thieves.” The upcoming young adult novel will be published next May by Tor/Macmillan. Deadline landed this exclusive story and reports that Heyday Films and Benderspink along with Pouya Shahbazian will produce the film. Heyday’s David Heyman is coming off the Harry Potter series, which seems somewhat appropriate since it was pitched to the studio as Harry Potter set in space.

Here is the storyline from the book.

When the crew of the SS Egypt gets massacred by an alien race, Mason Stark, a thirteen-year-old cadet in the Earth Space Command, must lead his fellow cadets in a daring surprise attack to retake the ship, and recover a stolen technology that could spell the end of planet Earth.

Krokos previously wrote False Memory, a series that was optioned for a potential television series by RKO Pictures. It was published last month by Disney Hyperion.

Sources: deadline, goodreads.com