Warner Bros. has optioned Dragonriders Of Pern. With The Dark Knight series done, Harry Potter over, and The Hobbit winding down, it's only natural for Warner Bros. to be searching for the next big franchise. Cross every single finger you have for this one, people.
Warner Bros. has a proven track record with book-to-film adaptations, so this is great news. Plus, there's no higher up who has to sign off on some character's super suit, etc. It's just dragons and politics and war and romance and it's great. Seriously great stuff here — thick, heavy things, that could deliver hardcore fantasy with the gritty edges that Warner Bros. loves.
Plus according to Deadline, they've optioned the entire Anne McCaffrey Pern series. That's 12 books of material to work with. Of course, a lot depends on whom they hire to spearhead it — but if this is going to become their next big movie series, let's hope they handle it with care.