Warner Bros. Looks for New Sci-Fi Fantasy in 'Dragonriders of Pern'

July 29, 2014
Source: Deadline

Dragonriders of Pern

Warner Bros. has had quite the success in the fantasy genre with the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise and the forthcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson. Now Deadline says they're looking to expand to another book series with the Dragonriders of Pern. The first book was published all the way back in 1968 and has since seen 22 more books released in the series which follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers, always ready to fight for the exotic planet of Pern. So it's a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, which is cool.

Most new franchies nowadays either go for straight-up fantasy or sci-fi, but this seems to have an interesting blend of both. The primary threat to Pern in the novels, most written by Anne McCaffrey, is called Thread, a mycorrhizoid spore that periodically rains down on the planet due to the orbit of the Red Star,  a rogue planet in the Rukbat system. And just from this description you can tell just how in-depth this world gets. It's hoped that this could become another big franchise for the studio to keep fans of Harry Potter and The Hobbit around, though the former franchise isn't completely dead because the spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on the way in November of 2016. Thoughts?

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  • Shayera Tangri
    Yes please!
  • Travisaurus
    Live action or cartoon? As long as the dragons look as good as Smaug, i'm in!
    However the decide to tell this, it sounds like hard fantasy.
  • stephanie Christ
    I hope they do these books justice. They are well written and I have enjoyed them for years!!!
  • Weirdness. I'm interested to see how this turns out.
  • VAharleywitch
    Considering how long this has been in pre-pro hell, and that her son Todd knows he should honor his mom's wishes - which was if you couldn't at least get the dragons to look real, and the riders interacting with them in a real way, Don't Do It. I'm just sorry that Anne didn't live long enough to see how technology may make her world a reality.
    • redtie
      I remember reading quite a few of the Pern books, but, today, I really couldn't tell you what happened. I think of the books as more character development stories and less sci-fi. As I recall, several of the books focus around one event, but each book is from a different perspective. This might be what turned me off of the series. I know what's going to happen, I just need to figure out how this character is related. Maybe if the series is filmed in a parallel story style the story would work better. I'm thinking "Game of Thrones" in relation to its source. I could see a TV franchise before a movie with sequels. I'll probably checkout the movie regardless, but I'm not really excited at this point.
  • JBrotsis
    This sounds pretty cool..anything with dragons is pretty cool! I just keep asking for some studio to make the novel series "Dinotopia"! So many great stories and people love dinosaurs. And yes...I saw the mini series on TV long ago, but I want more!
  • Avi
    Everytime I hear that a new sience fiction novel is going to come to the big screen I ask myself :WHY NOT DAN SIMMONS WITH HIS EPIC SAGA HYPERION? Are the studios stupid or insane to neglect the award winning dan Simmons? Hyperion has everything you need for a awesome story arc with allot of possibilities to create new ones! A get that you must make Hyperion a bit more crowd pleasable by making it more simpler but the basis is very very good!
    • ColtNoir
      Same for me with Drizzt, I've never read Hyperion, but how the Legend of Drizzt has yet to be made into a series or movie is baffling - there's so much content that could and would make money
      • Avi
        I never read drizzt, now you got me curious. I onley know that Hyperion is a prize winner with the Hugo award and I realy don't get it! It's a 4 book saga ideal for a franchise and nobody in Hollywood picks it up! Very strange...
        • redtie
          Think of a good Dark Elf who is ridiculously powerful and has Thor, and Gimli as companions. That is pretty much Drizzt Do'Urden. I enjoyed the Icewind Dale series and think it would make a great movie trilogy. In my mind, Drizzt turns into a Mary Sue for D&D players. "Your character is pretty much Drizzt." "But my eyes are black with purple circles and I have a dog." "Go home your not playing with us." That being typed, I have several friend who thoroughly enjoy the whole Drizzt book series.
        • ColtNoir
          If you like fantasy fiction it's definitely worth looking in to. He's a character who has been written since 1988, there's a lot of books on him. Salvatore writes some great fight scenes too. It's pretty impressive that he's been able to, to me at least, keep the character interesting for this long. Hyperion has been added to my "to be read" list!
    • ikkf
      That and Elric of Melnibone. I could totally see Michael Fassbender playing that guy.
    • borninatrailer
      Or Rama. Already for cryin' out loud. Or Niven Known Space, be it jumping right into Ringworld or not.
      • Avi
        Indeed also very good! But it must be with dragons otherwise Hollywood is not interested! Sad very sad!
  • chelsea
    Sounds interesting and anything with dragons I will watch and enjoy.
  • Nicolas Bessette
    Those books have the most epic dragon action i've ever seen. It would be awesome to see this on the big screen !!!!




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