Dragonriders of Pern: Warner Bros.’ New Franchise
Warner Bros. has secured rights for a possible live-action feature film of the novel franchise “Dragonriders of Pern.” Read on for more details about the story.
Warner Bros. has always been a “novel” movie power house, featuring trilogies and series of films adapted from books such as “Harry Potter,” “The Hobbit” and many more. Now it has secured rights for the science fiction “Dragonriders of Pern” as its latest addition to its movie franchises according to the Deadline report. Warner Bros. has optioned all 22 volumes of the book series, making dragons come to life in a planned feature live-action film.
“Dragonrider of Pern” is written primarily by American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, with her middle child,
Todd McCaffrey joining her. Todd has written “Pern” novels, both solo and jointly with his mother, Anne.
The series is composed of 22 novels and several short stories. The first book was published in 1968 entitled “Dragonflight.” Other titles such as “Weyr Search” won the inaugural Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1968 and “Dragonrider” won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1969.”Dragonquest,” “The White Dragon,” “Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern” and “All the Weyrs of Pern” were among the five annual finalists for the Best Novel Hugo Award.
In “Dragonriders of Pern,” Pern — a planet whose society is set with medieval setting, with occasional examples of higher technology such as telegraphs, microscopes and telescopes — is endangered by the dreadful Thread, a periodical rain of deadly spores that consumes organic material at a voracious rate, including crops, animals, and any humans in its path that comes with the orbit of the Red Star, a rogue planet in the Rukbat system. The only way to counter the Thread is through use of fire-breathing dragons that are telepathically linked to their riders. These telepathic bonds formed by Impression at the dragon’s hatching (think Eragon).
Warner Bros. new executive, Drew Crevello, spearheaded the deal. Crevello was also involved in Fox as its VP, where he worked on the “X-Men: First Class” franchise. Copperheart Entertainment previously optioned the series and set “X2: X-Men United” and “Watchmen” writer David Hayter to adapt the first book. “Dragonriders” franchise could be a potential candidate to follow film series, such as the “Middle Earth” films, and might just launch an entire merchandising and licensing product line.
There you have it for Warner Bros. latest frachise, “Dragonriders of Pern.” For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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