Hope you like dragons, because Warner Bros. may be filling movie screens with them. The studio just reached an agreement with the estate of the late novelist Anne McCaffrey to adapt her Dragonriders of Pern books for film. For those not in the know, the Dragonrider books – the first of which was published back in 1968 – follows a group of telepathic dragons and the warriors that ride them. McCaffrey was the first woman to win the Nebula and Hugo awards for the wildly popular first entry.
I have to imagine for true fans of the novels, this is great news given how often the property has flirted with a big-budget adaptation. In fact, this is only the latest time that Warner Bros. has gone after the license, previously attempting to develop the books as a TV series at SyFy under Battlestar and Helix showrunner Ron D. Moore. Around 2011, writer David Hayter took a stab at the script with a planned 2012 start for production. That never happened.
Deadline didn’t have any details on the creative team being assembled for the film, but presumably some of the hurdles keeping Dragonriders out of theaters – budget, wariness about fans’ response to fantasy, dracophobia – seem to have been tackled. Here’s hoping this time, the dragons will take flight.