Peter Jackson Eyes Next Fantasy Series ?Temeraire?

Here's new fans of the "Temeraire" series will surely go apes over. The Hollywood Reporter brings news that "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson has optioned the historical fantasy series "Temeraire." The series, written by Naomi Novik, is a re-imagining of the Napoleonic War fought with dragons. Think "Dragonriders of Pern" in the Napoleonic era. The story centers on a British navel captain named Will Laurence who discovers a dragon egg aboard a captured French ship and names it Temeraire.


Pondering if he'll have to fight dragons next...

Jackson is quotes saying, "'Temeraire' is a terrific meld of two genres that I particularly love -- fantasy and historical epic. I can't wait to see Napoleonic battles fought with a squadron of dragons."

Don't look to see the movie adaptation(s) anytime soon. Jackson is slated to direct Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" in the second half of 2007. It is not known if Jackson will make just one or three movies

According to THR, Novik was a computer programmer who did work on "Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of the Unrentide" before writing her first "Temeraire" book in 2004.

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