Hollywood Planning DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN Film Franchise July 31, 2014 Sprawling fantasy series getting film adaptation…. Deadline has learned that suits over at Warner Bros have scored the screen rights to American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey’s best-selling fantasy series ‘Dragonriders of Pern,’ with plans for a film franchise. The 22-book series, first published in 1968, is set in a pre-industrial society and focus on “an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers. They try to save the exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace — a rain of deadly spores that comes with the orbit of the Red Star.” Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro will oversee development for the studio. No screenwriter is currently attached.