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Warner Bros.' next fantasy franchise could be 'Dragonriders of Pern'

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Even though The Hobbit is ending this December, Warner Bros. isn’t quite done with dragons.

According to Deadline, the studio has optioned the long-running fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern from the estate of author Anne McCaffrey. The series, which began with 1968’s Dragonflight, takes place on a planet called Pern, where a select few inhabitants are able to harness fire-breathing dragons to combat a deadly phenomenon called Thread.

Warner Bros. is never one to be inconvenienced by their source material ending (or being too short), but should Pern be a success, it has the potential to be around for a very long time: There have been 22 books in the series, with its latest entry, Sky Dragons, released in 2012.