Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Is This The Next Peter Jackson SF Film?

First hobbits then a giant gorilla and now Peter Jackson is turning his hand to an air force of dragons, manned by crews of aviators. Téméraire, a historical fantasy book series that sees squadrons of dragons fighting in the Napoleonic wars, has captured the imagination of the Lord of the Rings director.

The plot centres on British naval captain Will Laurence, who seizes a French ship and discovers an unhatched dragon egg - a gift from the emperor of China to Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to become the dragon's keeper. The monster is called Téméraire (meaning "Daring" in French).

from "Peter Jackson Enters Dragon's Den"

Jackson's interest comes from the series of novels by Naomi Novik. The Guardian article quotes Jackson as saying this: "As I was reading these books, I could see them coming to life in my mind's eye. These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart....
Téméraire is a terrific meld of two genres that I particularly love -
fantasy and historical epic."

Novik is quoted in the article stating that, "Jackson has not yet decided whether he will make one movie or three or if the books can be introduced by other media first. He is using his own funds to option material before approaching any studios with his plans."

Something to look forward to, eh?