Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" novel series get its turn to hit theaters. David Hayter, the screenwriter of "X-Men" and "X2", will adapt one of the novels for Copperheart Entertainment and Entertainment One.
According to The Hollywood Reported, Hayter is hired to pen "Dragonflight", which is based on the first novel of the series which was originally published in 1968. Steve Hoban and Benedict Carver will serve as the producers, while Susan Montford and Don Murphy serve as executive producers.
Commenting on the movie, Hayter admits he wants to adapt the novel into a film. He is quoted as saying, "This property has an incredible literary heritage and a rabid fanbase. I'm really looking forward to delving into the majestic world that Anne Has created and transporting it to the screen."
Hoban had been trying to bring the novel into life 14 years back when he was an executive at IMAX. When he finally had the green light to produce the film, another dragon-themed film "Eragon" made its way out to theaters, which led him to delay his dream plan.
Based on "Dragonflight", the upcoming film follows an elite group of warriors who soar to the skies on the back of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons. The warriors have to fulfill a quest: save the planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.
"Dragonflight" is scheduled to start the production in early 2012, and will be financed by some international distribution partners. Although the producers and schedule are ready, the director is yet to be chosen.