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David Hayter takes flight with the Dragonriders of Pern

04.12.2011
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Videogame players know David Hayter as the voice of Solid Snake in the METAL GEAR series, movie fans know him as the credited screenwriter of Bryan Singer's first X-MEN, and supercheese lovers know him as the star of the GUYVER sequel DARK HERO.

As writer/producer, Hayter has been wrestling with various movie projects over the past decade, but probably nothing as potentially epic as his latest: an adaptation of the bestselling book series THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN.

Hayter will sift through the dense mythology of Anne McCaffrey's long-running sci-fi/fantasy books in search of a script for a live-action feature (and probable movie franchise). The stories are set on the colonized world of Pern and revolve around a society that telepathically bonds with dragons to combat an organism called Thread. Although I'm sure it's infinitely more complex than that, considering there are more than 20 novels.

Maybe Hayter will have better luck with such a high-profile and beloved property, since most of his previously announced projects have never materialized -- he's worked on adaptations of the LOST PLANET videogame, the DEADWORLD comic, a solo flick based on Marvel's sexy spy BLACK WIDOW (pre-IRON MAN 2), an original teen lycanthrope movie called WOLVES, and a TV series based on the movie PUSH. At least he got some credit for adapting WATCHMEN...

Extra Tidbit: The WB network almost made a DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN series with Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), but the studio wanted it similar to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Unsurprisingly, the plan fell apart.
Source: Deadline

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11:06AM on 04/13/2011

A classic series, a little dated

but still worth checking out if you're an SF/Fantasy fan. The first 7 books are great but then it started to lose steam. I like David Hayter's credits but this could still go horribly wrong.
but still worth checking out if you're an SF/Fantasy fan. The first 7 books are great but then it started to lose steam. I like David Hayter's credits but this could still go horribly wrong.
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1:04PM on 04/13/2011
How is a fantasy series dated? Did they use Tandy computers or something?
How is a fantasy series dated? Did they use Tandy computers or something?
8:46AM on 04/13/2011
Always heard these books were just ok. See that far right cover w/ the white dragon? I used to grip and stare at my dad's paperback copy as a wee lad til it was a tattered mess. Picture fascinated me. But not enough to make me eventually read the books. LOL . . .
Always heard these books were just ok. See that far right cover w/ the white dragon? I used to grip and stare at my dad's paperback copy as a wee lad til it was a tattered mess. Picture fascinated me. But not enough to make me eventually read the books. LOL . . .
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7:11AM on 04/13/2011

Meh...

...I'm a fantasy novel geek, and proud of it. I read the first 6 of these books and my feeling was "meh". Not really in the re-readable category.

I'm curious if they'll show the telepathic orgasm bond that happens when the dragons are in heat.
...I'm a fantasy novel geek, and proud of it. I read the first 6 of these books and my feeling was "meh". Not really in the re-readable category.

I'm curious if they'll show the telepathic orgasm bond that happens when the dragons are in heat.
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1:17AM on 04/13/2011

FINALLY...

...a movie purely with bonds between dragon and men. Hope this doesn't fall apart like Eragon. Haven't seen a decent "dragons are the good guys" movie since Dragonheart (the first one).
...a movie purely with bonds between dragon and men. Hope this doesn't fall apart like Eragon. Haven't seen a decent "dragons are the good guys" movie since Dragonheart (the first one).
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1:13AM on 04/13/2011

Dragonriders of Pern

A great series of books. I hope this guy can make it happen. I also hope he holds true to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders universe.
Can he keep Fox away from this? Please?
A great series of books. I hope this guy can make it happen. I also hope he holds true to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders universe.
Can he keep Fox away from this? Please?
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8:22AM on 04/13/2011
Two chances.... Buckleys and none.
Two chances.... Buckleys and none.
12:47AM on 04/13/2011
SNNAAAKKKKEEEEE
SNNAAAKKKKEEEEE
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12:45AM on 04/13/2011

The Legend

Hes a bamf
Hes a bamf
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