"Astronaut Academy" Graphic Novel Series Sets Course for TV and Film

From web comic to graphic novel, and now screens around the world, Dave Roman's "Astronaut Academy" has been to the stratosphere and back. Now the series is gearing up for a live-action adaptation in television and film.

Both adaptations will be helmed by writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary, known for writing the graphic novel "The Fifth Beatle," which is currently in pre-production with Sonar Entertainment to become a feature-length film.

"It's 'Harry Potter' in space," Tiwary told Deadline. "As a massive longtime fan, I could not be more excited to turn this beloved comic series into a beloved TV and film franchise."

"Astronaut Academy" follows Hakata Soy, Miyumi San and Maribelle Mellonbelly as they train to be space heroes at Astronaut Academy and thwart a universe-threatening darkness that parents just don't understand.

"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," said Roman.

The series began as a weekly graphic novel called "Astronaut Elementary" before being compiled into a series of books published by First Second called "Astronaut Academy." In 2005, "Astronaut Elementary" won a Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding New Character Design.

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