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Old Dec 14 2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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I had an idea that the Harper Hall series could be made into a TV Series. With the success of Glee, you would think that Hollywood would like the idea of a cross between Glee and LotR.

Maybe do DragonSinger as a TV movie, and then have DragonSong (or at least part of it) as the pilot.

They wouldn't have to get any big name actors, with the exception of Robinton. And I have an idea for him: Brent Spiner. He's about the right age, and he has a good singing voice. Menolly and Piemur would need to be young with good voices. And I think Jonathan Frakes would make a good director.

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Old Dec 14 2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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Where does LotR come into it? Just because it includes dragons? They've been mentioned in stories for centuries -- millennia even.
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Old Dec 15 2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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Because some producers in Hollywood want things pitched to them in 1 or 2 sentences. This would be a fantasy type series that would have singing. But Hollywood would understand LotR better than fantasy.

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Old Dec 15 2012, 04:46 PM   #4
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I think this was brought up in another thread a while back; it was discussed that the Harper Hall trilogy could work better/be more feasible as a mini-series than as a sequel to a Dragonflight film. It was also suggested that new storylines could be written to explore parts of Pern during this era that weren't shown; for example, Jaxom's early turns with Ruth, Lytol's duties as Lord Warder or Ruatha Hold, and Robinton's work to win over the hide-bound holders - heck, you could possibly even throw in Thella's lot as villains in a later "season" to get ROP out of the way.

Perhaps the entire series would work better as a mini-series (well, provided they don't mess it up like they almost did last time)? It'd be a good way to deal with the fact that there's so many characters - and by extension, minor plot threads involving them - and that the main character in one book might become a supporting character in another. And hey, it seems to have largely worked with Game of Thrones.

I can picture it as a main series that covers the bulk of the Ninth Pass books, a spin-off that deals with the Harper Hall, two or three tv specials to deal with Dragonsdawn, Moreta, and potentially Red Star Rising, and a crappy third series that deals with the Second Interval/Third Pass and kills the show (just kidding about that one, couldn't resist). Hmm...this has got me thinking about just how you could divide up the Ninth Pass into episodes of a telly series now...
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You wouldn't have to pitch it with LOtR. You have to hope that by now, most of the people in a production role would have some idea who Anne McCaffrey is. Look at the Narnia movies. And don't forget, that Copperhead thing even though they are Canadian, alot of people involved are Hollywood types.
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