Warner Bros.' next fantasy franchise could be 'Dragonriders of Pern'

Even though The Hobbit is ending this December, Warner Bros. isn’t quite done with dragons.

According to Deadline, the studio has optioned the long-running fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern from the estate of author Anne McCaffrey. The series, which began with 1968’s Dragonflight, takes place on a planet called Pern, where a select few inhabitants are able to harness fire-breathing dragons to combat a deadly phenomenon called Thread.

Warner Bros. is never one to be inconvenienced by their source material ending (or being too short), but should Pern be a success, it has the potential to be around for a very long time: There have been 22 books in the series, with its latest entry, Sky Dragons, released in 2012.



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