Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are considerably behind Marvel when it comes to the current wave of comic-book adaptations. As it stands, only Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is officially on the WB/DC schedule, while Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy marks the 10th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But what Warner Bros. lacks in superhero offerings, it more than makes up for in the realm of fantasy. Not only does the studio have the Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, the studio now has another series in its sights: Dragonriders of Pern.
Deadline reports Warner Bros. has optioned the Pern series from the estate of author Anne McCaffrey. The series focuses on warriors who ride giant dragons and work together to save the planet of Pern from deadly spores that rain from above. The first novel was published in 1968, with 22 volumes produced in total. That sure makes the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books look rather small by comparison.
Previously, David Hayter (writer of X-Men and other films, and also the legendary voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear series) was attached to adapt Dragonriders of Pern for film. It’s unclear whether his vision remains intact now that Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to the series.
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