According to Deadline.com, Anne McCaffrey’s epic Dragonriders of Pern series of novels may finally reach the screen.
David Hayter (X-MEN, WATCHMEN, LOST IN OZ) will write a screenplay based on Dragonlight, the first novel in the series, which seems very much in the fantasy realm, but is grounded in science fiction. The two novellas (Weyr Search and Dragonrider) that comprise Dragonlight were orginaly published in Analog, the foremost American science fiction magazine.
Steve Hoban’s Copperheart Entertainment and Benedict Carver’s Dark Hero Studios, along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford (TRANSFORMERS) of Angry Films, will partner on the production.
Distributor Entertainment One is a part of the project, securing distribution in Canada, and negotiating with other territories.
Steve Hoban has apparently been championing a Dragonriders film for 14 years.
Previous attemtps were made to turn the books into a film or televsion series, the first notable effort by Alliance Atlantis (CSI, DUE SOUTH).
Ron Moore (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) apparently had a deal in place to turn the show into a series for the WB network in 2002, only to walk away late in pre-productionwhen the network unexpectly decided to try to turn it into a copy of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
There are now 22 novels in the series, wriiten by both Anne McCaffery and her son Todd McCaffrey, set on the planet Pern, where a lost Earth colony has regressed to a medieval society, with low technology (generally) and a highly stratified social system. Intellgent, telepathic flying dragons are ridden by a warrior class that bonds with them at hatching.
The series has inspired graphic novels, games and music.