David Hayter will write the screenplay for the film adaptation of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight, the first novel in her Dragonriders of Pern series. Production is expected to begin in 2012. McCaffrey’s Pern series began in 1968 – in the pages of Analog, of all places — and continues to this day:
Dragonflight centers on “an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.
Hayter’s screenwriting resume includes adapting several celebrated graphic novels to film, including X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Watchmen.
Just 44 years from story to screen for McCaffrey’s story… What other classics of science fiction are you still longing to see turned into movies? I think something quite spectacular could be done with The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. Just what kind of world is it where they’ve already made a movie out of Zotz! and not the story of how Mike and Manny fomented a Lunar revolution?
[Thanks to Craig Miller for the story.]