BREAKING: Warner Brothers Options PERN

PERN Dragonriders’ series by Anne McCaffrey (and, later, her son, Scott) is coming to big screens near you, some day! Casting suggestions?


Deadline is reporting that Warner Brothers has optioned the film rights to the massive Dragonriders of Pern series of novels by Anne McCaffrey and her son, Scott McCaffrey.

First published in 1968, the Pern novels have long been a fan favorite for adaptation to filmed media, and there have been numerous attempts over the years, including one for the CW network by Ronald D. Moore, which fell apart because of changes to the core story suggested by the network.

Now, as franchises have become the Next Big Thing, and Warners is wrapping up the Hobbit series, could Pern become new fertile ground for movies?

The Pern novels tell tales of human colonists who settled the planet Pern, in the far-flung Rukbat system, where their near-idyllic lives were almost destroyed by a parasite called “Thread” — a biological organism that travels across space from a rogue red planet whose orbit intersects…

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