'Dragonriders of Pern' Movie Lands a Writer (Exclusive)

Warners Bros. optioned the rights to Anne McCaffrey's fantasy series in the summer
Sarah Cornwell  Courtesy of CAA

Warner Bros. has hired author-screenwriter Sarah Cornwell to adapt the first installment of Dragonriders of Pern, the 22-volume fantasy book series by Anne McCaffrey.

The first novel, Dagonflight, centers on Lessa, a young girl who is the only one to survive the assassination of her family, which rules a part of the planet Pern. She disguises herself as a lowly servant in the house of the new ruler but when her telepathic abilities prove to be far stronger than she believed, Lessa finds herself on a journey that will restore the ancient tradition of dragon-riding and uncover the secret history of the planet.

The first novel was published in 1968 and McCaffrey became the first woman to win Hugo and Nebula awards.

Warners optioned the book series earlier this year. Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio.

Cornwell’s debut novel, What I Had Before You, was published in January 2014 and was a multi-generational coming-of-age drama. Her screenwriting work has won her a Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship. She is now adapting Demon Camp for Montecito Pictures, and she did a page one rewrite of The Forest for David Goyer and Lava Bear.

Cornwell is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

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