Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are busy guys. The Hollywood power duo are producing and writing next year's Star Trek 2, have signed on to write and executive produce The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and are also developing reboots of both The Mummy and Van Helsing franchises.
Oh yeah. And they're also producing the upcoming heist thriller Now You See Me, the sci-fi literature adaptation Ender’s Game, and the upcoming Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow. Phew - just typing it all out is making me tired.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair are adding one more project to their plate: an adaptation of the popular children's book series, Dragonology. The series, which included 12 books and a series of board games and toys, is a fake non-fiction-style manual about dragons written by Dr. Ernest Drake, a 19th century "dragonologist" and member of the Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists (S.A.S.D.).
The movie will reportedly focus on "a team of dragonologists who embark on a quest to avert a plot to use the world’s remaining dragons to wipe out humanity."
Universal got started on the project in 2008, with screenwriter Leonard Hartman drafting the first screenplay. With Orci and Kurtzman on board, the movie will get a new screenwriter and Hartman will move into an executive producer role.
Orci and Kurtzman have been involved in a number of box office hits from Star Trek to Transformers. Perhaps Dragonology will be the next blockbuster for the pair. After all, dragons have always been a staple of the fantasy genre (from Smaug in The Hobbit to the lovable Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon) and, as far as concepts go, Dragonology sounds like a pretty solid bet for a big-budget family adventure film.
The first Dragonology book came out in 2003, which means that most of the original readers are likely now in their late teens or early twenties. Were you a fan of the Dragonology books as a kid? If so, share your thoughts on this news in the comments.
Stay tuned for more Dragonology movie news.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter