Legendary has entered into a deal with Counterbalance Entertainment’s Josh Heald (“Cobra Kai”) to direct a film adaptation of The History Channel’s hit series “Ancient Aliens,” the company said on Wednesday.
“Ancient Aliens” was originally developed for television by Prometheus Entertainment and produced by the late Kevin Burns. Project details are being kept under wraps, but the story will be a two-handed, global-scale adventure featuring ancient sites and artifacts, confronting the theories and questions raised by popular docuseries. The film adaptation will be written and produced by Luke Ryan.
“Directing my first feature film with this same dream team who believed in me very early in my career is incredibly special,” Heald said in a statement to TheWrap. “My partners and I are motivated to produce this epic story with Mary, Cale and Luke. It’s a homecoming for me personally – and another bold step for Counterbalance Entertainment.
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Heald of Counterbalance Entertainment will produce with Jon Jashni (“Lost in Space”, “Godzilla vs Kong”).
“Ancient Aliens” is one of The History Channel’s longest-running series, airing nearly 200 episodes and reaching over 36 million total viewers. The show has created a passionate fan base, including more than 50,000 fans who attend the annual AlienCon, a convention based on discussions by former astronauts.
Luke Ryan’s writing credits include the sci-fi / fantasy classic “The Chronicles of Amber” for Vince Newman Entertainment and “Paradise Lost” for Legendary.
Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg are the creators, executive producers and showrunners of the hit Netflix series “Cobra Kai”, which reinvented “The Karate Kid” for a new audience. Season 3 of “Cobra Kai” topped the streamer watch list in 28 countries and topped the Nielsen charts. Heald also wrote the “Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise for MGM, while Hurwitz and Schlossberg were behind New Line’s famous “Harold & Kumar” film franchise and hit comedies “Blockers” and “American. Meeting”.
Ryan is represented by Fourth Wall Management, Verve and The Nord Group.
Counterbalance Entertainment is represented by CAA. Heald’s attorney is Howard Abramson of Behr Abramson Levy. Hurwitz and Schlossberg’s attorney is Adam Kaller of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP