Warner Bros. has, according to a story at Deadline, secured the big screen rights to Anne McCaffrey’s classic fantasy series, Dragonriders of Pern. The 22-book series will serve as the basis for a feature film that aims to launch a new franchise.
“Dragonflight,” the first in the series of novels, follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.
First published in 1968, “Dragonflight” launched the literary McCaffrey’s literary franchise, which has gone on to sell millions of copies around the world. It has also won numerous literary awards and spawned many spinoffs, including video games, board games and graphic novels.
There’s no specific word yet on exactly how Warner Bros. plans to adapt the series, but the sheer volume of novels means that the potential franchise won’t be lacking in source material. Check back for details as they become available!