Way, way back in 2011 I shared the news that David Hayter was working on an adaptation of The Dragonriders of Pern.
Obviously that has yet to happen, but now Warner Bros have optioned the Pern book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. There is no word on whether Hayter’s screenplay is still in the mix.
In Dragonflight, the first in the epic Dragonriders of Pern series of novels, an elite group of warriors take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.
Pern is a planet colonised by humans. The original colonists originally intended to adopt a low-technology agrarian lifestyle gradually, but were thrust into this more precipitously after they encountered the onslaught of the deadly Thread raining down from the sky. By harnessing the indigenous flying, fire-breathing dragons (with genetic alterations to make them larger and telepathic), the dragons, with their human riders, destroyed the Thread in the skies over Pern before it was able to burrow into the land and breed, creating pockets of safety over Pern’s surface. Humanity finally managed to find equilibrium and began to create a thriving culture, society and economy, eventually expanding right across the northern continent of Pern. However, when this narrative begins, an unusually long interval between attacks of centuries duration, has caused the general population to dismiss the threat as myth and gradually withdraw support from the Weyrs where dragons are bred and trained – Wiki
The first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series appeared in 1968 and new editions continue to be published to this day. The series has sold millions of copies around the world, won numerous literary awards and spawned many spinoffs, including videogames, board games and graphic novels.
Warner Bros. are looking for their next big franchise and this could well be it.
What would you like to see in a Dragonrider’s movie?
I was literally JUST saying to my dad earlier today that I was surprised they haven’t made a Pern movie or even like a TV miniseries of anything Pern because the books have been so consistently popular for fifty-odd years. Does this mean I have magic powers? IN THAT CASE I REALLY WANT THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM TO BE A MOVIE OK GUYS CAN WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.