Here is statement from James Ganiere, the CEO of Rio Vista Universal (from deadline.com):
“We were scheduled to be at WonderCon in Anaheim, California and in San Diego Comic-Con where last year we partnered with The Jim Henson Company and licensed the FARSCAPE brand for the 20th anniversary,” said Ganiere. “We were on track to promote and expand our sci-fi/fantasy fan base with this new franchise Almythea at the conventions. The first book was launched in Australia, fall 2019 at Supernova pop culture comic book convention with author A.J. Cootes and headlined by Cliff Simon. Most would see the cancelation of comic conventions as a huge set back, but team Almythea pivoted and focused on feature film attachments. The lull in activity provided team Almythea an opportunity to put together a formidable team during this slow period. As a consequence Almythea as a project is now much further along with the feature film than we imagined we would have been at this stage.”
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Here is the goodreads synopsis of Almythea:
Once in every thousand years, a hero is born who is destined to save the world.
The inhabitants of Almytheans, are forced to act as slaves, mining rare refractive crystals for the malevolent Lost One. The Almytheans are comprised of both humanoid and non-humanoid species, many having been brought to Almythea by the Lost One's reptilian, thug-like armies of Latchers. They live simple, oppressed lives as most have had their memories wiped before commencing their enslaved existence. However, they still possess an abiding belief that their prophesized savior, known as The Astra, will one day rescue them.
Banished from the community for a crime he did not commit, as Little Hawk approaches his twenty-first birthday a mysterious shaman warrior, Grey Paw, rescues him from depression, self-doubt and the deadly addictive bittercups in the Badlands before preparing him for a secret tournament. The winner will be named The Astra and sent on a quest to find the fabled Arrow of Truth, the only weapon capable of ending the Lost One’s rule. All Almytheans expect the self-serving and duplicitous Gyeder to be named The Astra. This honor and responsibility includes the hand of a headstrong, capable young woman (and last of the pure blood Accipitridae race) named Broken Arrows, the woman Little Hawk has secretly loved.
It’s a race against time. Little Hawk feels the weight of his destiny to destroy the Lost One, his reptilian Latcher army and his curiously beautiful yet sinister lieutenant Raven Weaver, before they destroy him. With the help of Grey Paw, his best friend, the wise-cracking Laughing Eyes, and a curious pixie-like, mess-up creature called a fleaf, Little Hawk must not only save Almythea but also rescue Broken Arrows from a terrible fate.
In the Chronicles of Almythea, Australian author A.J. Cootes builds on the timeless formula of blockbusting storytelling in the ilk of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Avatar and The Stormlight Archive. He builds a world at once mystical and elemental, but with a modern-day relevance. Ultimately, the Chronicles of Almythea challenge our origin myths and tests us to take a "leap of faith" to fulfil our destiny in the world.