Peter Jackson's Newest Fantasy: Men on Dragons

September 12, 2006

peter-jackson-temeraire.jpgFor the desperate nerds who begged for it, Peter Jackson looks ready to deliver to you another fantasy epic, likely in several editions of varying lengths, some with collectable bookends. The director has optioned Naomi Novik's novel, Temeraire, a reimagining of the Napoleonic Wars that adds the one element I think we all realized they were missing: a dragon airforce.

The "Temeraire" saga reimagines the world of the Napoleonic Wars with the addition of an air force of dragons and valiant aviators. It centers on British naval Capt. Will Laurence, who captures a French ship, where he discovers an unhatched dragon egg in the hold -- a gift from the Emperor of China intended for Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to give up his naval career to become captain of the dragon he names Temeraire.

As long as we're tinkering with adding elements to the Napoleonic Wars, you know what else I wouldn't mind seeing there? Bruce Vilanch. If anyone could add a much needed lightness to a barbaric invasion, it's B.V.

"Napoleon Bonaparte? I've got a few parts he could bone!" Haha! Oh, Bruce!

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