Warner Bros. Looks for New Sci-Fi Fantasy in '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?