Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Jackson Buys Napoleonic Dragons Tale


Peter Jackson has used his own money to option "Temeraire," a historical fantasy series by first-time novelist Naomi Novik says The Hollywood Reporter. 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.

Jackson says "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. That's what I go to the movies for. 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".

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