Steven Hoban's Copperheart Entertainment has closed agreements with David Hayter and Benedict Carver's Dark Hero Studios, Don Murphy and Susan Montford's Angry Films and Entertainment One to adapt the classic science fiction/fantasy novel "Dragonflight" by Anne McCaffrey into a feature film.
In "Dragonflight," the first in the epic "Dragonriders of Pern" series of novels, an elite group of warriors 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.
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) will pen the screenplay. Hoban and Carver will produce the film with Murphy, Montford and Hayter executive producing. Patrice Theroux negotiated for Entertainment One to handle distribution in Canada and is in discussion to acquire a number of other territories including the UK, Benelux and Australia. "Dragonflight" will be an international co-production, financed by several distribution partners around the world in much the way "The Lord of the Rings" was put together. Production is scheduled to begin early 2012. No director is currently attached.
The first book in the "Dragonriders of Pern" series appeared in 1968 and new editions continue to be published to this day. The series has sold millions of copies around the world, won numerous literary awards and spawned many spinoffs, including videogames, board games and graphic novels.
"These books have remained popular bestsellers for over forty years because of their breathtaking adventures, vivid cast of characters and spectacular creatures," said Hoban.
"The world of Pern is a unique and highly cinematic combination of science fiction and fantasy."
"This property has an incredible literary heritage and a rabid fan base," said Hayter. "I'm really looking forward to delving into the majestic world that Anne has created and transporting it to the screen."
"The fans and I have been waiting, not so patiently, for a long time to see Pern and her characters on the big screen," said Anne McCaffrey. "I couldn’t be more thrilled that a writer with David's tremendous creativity and track record of translating beloved source material into fantastic movies has decided to make this his next epic adventure."