Fantasy lovers rejoiced this summer when Warner Brothers announced that they had optioned the rights to the incredible book series Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Now, we have news of the film project moving forward, with screenwriter and author Sarah Cornwell writing the script.
Cornwell is probably best known for her novel What I Had Before I Had You, a multi-generational story about the effects of bipolar disorder, which has been highly praised since its release last year. While Cornwell doesn't have many screenwriting credits to her name (limited to Demon Camp and The Forest), she is an accomplished short story author, and the scope of What I Had Before I Had You makes her well-suited to the kind of sweeping timeline in the Dragonrider books.
The award-winning series centers around a world where an elite group of fighters ride with telepathic dragons in order to battle an airborne menace threatening their world. With well over twenty books and short stories building the world of Pern, there is material there for years of films (and while Anne sadly passed away in 2011, her son, Todd, has been continuing the series).
Dragonrider will bring a Game of Thrones-style fantasy to the big screen, with gorgeous gowns, political intrigue and battles for honor. It seems to combine two of the biggest current cinematic trends; fantasy and literary adaptations, and with the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit films complete (unless my dreams come true and we see the Silmarillion in live-action) there is certainly a place for a new fire-breathing epic.
As a long-time fan of Anne McCaffrey, I can't wait to see what Cornwell does with the tales of Pern, presumably starting with 'Dragonflight.' While there is more than enough material within Dragonriders to keep Warner Brothers going for the foreseeable future, if this is as successful as I hope it will be, we could see more of McCaffrey's series brought to life. My vote for the next to be optioned? 'The Tower and the Hive' and the 'Crystal Singers' books.
In the meantime, I'll be re-reading the original Dragonriders of Pern - which will take at least until the next piece of news about this movie drops!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter