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Ronald D. Moore--who recently received the go-ahead from The WB for a series based on the Dragonriders of Pern novel series--told SCI FI Wire that he hopes to remain faithful to Anne McCaffrey's books, with some concessions to TV. "The show will be an interpretation of Anne's books, my take on Anne's world," Moore said in an interview. "It's how I see it successfully moving into television."

I originally read about this project on the Pern TV Show website, which is now pending a move.

Moore added, "I have a great deal of respect for what she's done and the world she's created. I want to make the transition successfully into the filmed environment, which does require some interpretation and moving pieces around. But by no means do I want to reinvent the world or throw things aside."

Moore said The WB has green-lighted a pilot episode based on a script by Moore, who also produces Roswell. He is now in pre-production on the pilot, which he hopes to shoot around the end of March or the beginning of April. Filmmakers still haven't selected a cast, crew or filming location. The series will be live-action, with computer-animated dragons. "We're going to be pushing the envelope on what we can do on TV, and deliver creatures that haven't been seen before and in a way that hasn't been seen before," he said. The series' fall start could be delayed by impending writers' and actors' strikes this spring, Moore added.

The full article can be found here.


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These Pern projects (Movie, TV show) have been on-again, off-again for the last few years. Not that I wouldn't be excited to see something finally come out, but in all honesty I'm not going to hold my breath.

"We use them for divine retribution."

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True, but it would be tres cool if something finally did come out of it. The Pern novels were my first adult sf books, and they still hold a special place in my heart... even if the later books got weird.

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I think it was two+ years ago when I first heard about it. :P I thought they had already begun filming in Canada and almost had the dragon designs finalized. Very annoying, but one thing I can say... I like Roswell. >:)

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