While this is a story that has made the rounds for many years, it looks like the dream of many a dragon fan is finally being realized as Warner Brothers has not only optioned the rights to the book series Dragonriders Of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, it also appears that they now have a screenwriter for the project, and that is author Sarah Cornwell.
What helps to make this news so exciting is the incredible success Warner Bros. has had with their “book-to-film” adaptations. The 6 Tolkien movies have been quite successful for Warners, as has the entire Harry Potter series of movies, not to mention their Dark Knight series of Batman movies. With this type of track record it only made sense for them to pursue one of the most beloved book series ever penned. However Warner Bros. decided that if they were going to do this, then they would have to go in with both feet, meaning they have optioned the entire series of 22 books. Now whether or not Sarah Cornwell will handle the script writing for the entire movie franchise is not yet known and probably won’t be until the first movie is filmed and released.
This series revolves around a world where an elite group of fighters ride with telepathic dragons in order to battle an airborne menace threatening their entire world of Pern. What’s not to love about this? It has political intrigue, war, romance, and best of all, dragons. This allows Warner Bros. to create a series of movies on the scale of Game Of Thrones.
While Sarah Cornwell doesn’t have many screenwriting credits (although she has credits for Demon Camp and The Forest), she is best known for her work in novels, especially “What I Had Before I Had You,” which is described as multi-generational story about the effects of bipolar disorder, and it was highly praised since it’s release last year. While she is quite the accomplished short story author, her work on “What I Had” shows that she has the chops to write something on a grand scale with a sweeping timeline that exists in the Dragonrider books.
So does Warner Bros. actually stand a chance at seeing this fantasy series actually realized for the big screen, or is this just another set of high hopes that only lead to crashing disappointments? Let us known in the comments below!!!