According to a few sources Anne McCaffrey's The Dragonriders of Pern series has been sold for development for feature films to Copperheart Entertainment, for Dark Hero Studios and Entertainment One. David Hayter who is involved with Dark Heart Studios is best known for scriptwriting Watchmen and X-Men will be adapting the series with Dragonflight as the most likely starting point since it started the series although other stories are places before its events. The other group involved Copperheart is best known for the recent Splice, which had a bit too much chicken-loving for me. There are a couple articles out about the development, but per usual they are scant on many hard facts since it is at such an early stage.
This is hardly the first development deal the Pern books have gotten so we'll have to see what pans out as there was an aborted TV series from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) just a couple years ago. Hit Fix does mention production is supposed to begin next year, but a lot of things are up in the air especially a director and distribution deal for the US. Given the failure of Eragon at the movies a few years back hopefully the studio will take note of the problems that film had such as compressing too much and changing a few things that ended up not making much sense. Plus there is the more recent success of How to Train Your Dragon that might be the push the studios need to finally green light filming in the end.
McCaffrey's effect on Fantasy dragons cannot be minimized at all. Without McCaffrey's Pern series we wouldn't have Eragon, Temeraire, or Stephen Deas's Memory of Flames. She has led the way for dragons from more than four decades now. Let's hope the studio can keep the heart of her story. That's what fans want.
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