David Hayter Adapting “Dragonriders of Pern”

David Hayter (“X-Men,” “Watchmen”) has been set to write the script for “Dragonlight”, a film adaptation of the first novel in Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonriders of Pern” series reports Deadline.

The first book in the currently twenty-two book strong series was published in 1968. The story focuses on an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers, as they to save the exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.

Steve Hoban, Benedict Carver, Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce. Hoban first tried to acquire McCaffrey’s series in 1997 but previous attempts to adapt the property fizzled before they got off the ground.

Concept art has already been made with Hayter expected to deliver the script later this year. Shooting aims to get off the ground next year.