PARIS/LOS ANGELES: Gaumont has optioned the worldwide rights for best-selling author Neal Shusterman’s book trilogy The Star Shards Chronicles, which it is developing and producing as an animated series.
The Star Shards Chronicles follows six ordinary kids who were conceived at the same time as a star explosion lightyears away, which transformed their souls into living star fragments and gave them extraordinary abilities. The children must learn how to work together to use their supernatural powers to defeat mysterious sources that are attacking them. Julian Stone is on board to serve as executive producer for the project.
“The Star Shards Chronicles is an epic story about six ordinary kids facing extraordinary obstacles, learning to overcome them at great sacrifice to save the world,” said Nicolas Atlan, the president of animation for Gaumont. “Neal’s characters have feelings and experiences that all kids can understand and this is what draws them to his books. We are honored that he has entrusted Gaumont with this project. He is not only the writer of these amazing stories but will be a part of the team as we work together to bring this empowering trilogy to life. Gaumont has always pushed the boundaries of creativity in storytelling, and we will do so once again as we work closely with Neal throughout this adventure.”
“I’ve always felt this series would shine in animation,” added Shusterman. “Gaumont’s passion for the project as well as their reputation for innovative and powerful storytelling make them the perfect fit for The Star Shards Chronicles. I’m thrilled to be working with them!”