Anne McCaffrey‘s Dragonriders of Pern is a few different things. The book series is a work of sci-fi fantasy that holds up well; a promising franchise plan with enough raw story for several films and/or TV shows; and, thanks to the story’s many layered sci-fi concepts, one really difficult piece of work to adapt. After years of fruitless pitches by writers and producers trying to kickstart an adaptation, Warner Bros. finally optioned the books earlier this year. Now novelist Sarah Cornwell has been hired as the first Pern screenwriter. Read More »
I haven’t thought of Anne McCaffrey‘s dragon-infested Pern novels in years, but given the rate at which fantasy properties have been snapped up I’m shocked that it has taken this long for a high-profile writer to be hired to adapt them.
The Pern novels — at least the first ones, such as Dragonflight, which David Hayter has been hired to adapt — tell of a world where humans and telepathic dragons have a symbiotic relationship, the better to fend off the occasional shower of deadly burrowing spores called Threads. It’s an intricately detailed world, with plenty of raw material for a film franchise. But dragon movies don’t have the best track record, and properly putting Pern on screen would be an undertaking akin to making Avatar. Can Dragonflight take off? Read More »