‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Set Up as Movie Franchise at Warner Bros.

The Dragon Riders of Pern

Warner Bros. is launching development of a movie franchise based on the sci-fi series “Dragonriders of Pern.”

The studio has optioned the 22-volume book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011.

It has yet to set up the project with a producer.

The books are set in a pre-industrial society with  intelligent firebreathing dragons and their riders teaming to fight a rogue planet that attacks the world of Pern. The books take place over a period of over 2,500 years.

Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio, which has launched the “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchises.

News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. selah says:

    DRoP and all of McC’s works are beyond reproach and unique literary treasures! “Quaint” !? share that with the scientists she kept close ties with. For DECADES awaited a worthy Pern movie series. “How To Train Your Dragon” is appealing to all ages (with regards to dragon based movies) … to those unfamilar with Pern, note there is a lot of SF in the series. If a producer utilizes this in the first movie, it would give a chance for a wider audience (ahaha i laugh out loud! DRoP fans, we will overfill the theatres anyways) PERN if handled properly would outshine many a movie series. As an original StarWars fan, i would take DRoP over SW (fill in the number) any day! ooooo the possibilities with such a franchise is endless!!! Lessa and F’lar – Ramoth and Mnementh on the “big screen” … someone (beyond GREAT) make it so!!

  2. Pernaholic One says:

    This project already cratered once at the WB Network, maybe 10 years ago? It has a history of being optioned and then never getting to screen.

    They are quaint books but don’t have the substance required for a contemporary motion picture.

    • Janeen Calaway says:

      They once said the same thing about the Lord of the Rings. If “quaint” is the best description you can muster for an award winning authors lifes work then I suggest you read the entire series.

  3. anastasi5 says:

    It’s about effing time! The first book was written in the late 60s! They’d just better stay true to the books – there are millions of dedicated fans who won’t be happy if it diverges too much…

  4. richard says:

    Done well this would be epic. Done badly it will be a disaster. Fingers crossed (and please keep J.J. Abrams light years away from this franchise…).

  5. :) says:

    I’ve just started re reading this series (for the third time) and was looking up suggested reading order when I came across this! I think a Pern movie or series would be awesome!

  6. Bomb! Lightning rarely strikes twice, and it certainly never strikes 3X.

  7. DG says:

    WB reaching for a new fantasy franchise now that Potter and Tolkien are being put to bed.


    • Chris says:

      It’s not actually fantasy – this is a purely sci-fi franchise. They’re descendants of colonists from earth who, due to a natural disaster caused by the planet mentioned, were forced to abandon their bases and basically start from scratch.

    • Ken says:

      Not sure I’m with you on “meh.” I agree with Richard: this could be totally awesome. Or a trainwreck. (The funny thing for me is that just today I was in a bookstore, and was like, “I haven’t read DRoP in ages — I should revisit that. It would make a great movie franchise!”) Googled it just now (the bookstore didn’t have the first ones, and I can’t remember which were *written* first, which is the order I’d prefer to read ’em in), and was flabbergasted to see the movie stuff brought forth as if I had asked for it.

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