The Dragonriders of Pern series of books has been stuck in Development Hell for years. You know what Development Hell is, right? It's more like limbo: a place where some great ideas are stuck and unable to actually get turned into movies. Now the series has FINALLY been freed from that Hell.
Hoban has apparently been trying to bring Dragonriders to the big screen for 14 years. It looks like he's about to succeed.
According to Deadline, Dragonriders of Pern is going into production in early 2012:
David Hayter has been set to write the script for Dragonflight, the first novel in a series that includes 22 novels generated by Anne McCaffrey. Steve Hoban's Copperheart Entertainment has teamed with Hayter and Benedict Carver's Dark Hero Studios and Angry Films partners Don Murphy and Susan Montford on the project.
Dragonriders of Pern is about a fantasy world that is subject to the devastation of Thread, a rain that destroys everything it touches. And this world can only be saved by the dragons and their riders, who share a telepathic bond. There are 21 books, novellas and short-story collections in the series—with more being written.
Author Anne McCaffrey was the first woman to win the Hugo and the Nebula awards, both for her novella "Weyr Search," which became the first story in the Dragonriders series.
Woot! Pleaes oh please do this right. I watched Eragon (a book I actually didn't read) simply because I thought it would be the closest I could get to seeing the world of Pern on screen. I would so love to see this done...as long as it's done right.