Wings of Fire is a family fantasy book series written by Tui T. Sutherland. It was recently revealed that Ava DuVernay will be adapting the books into an animated series over at Netflix. The streaming giant recently greenlit 10 40-minute episodes of the animated series coming from DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Animation.
The series is centered around a bitter war that has raged for generations between the dragon tribes who inhabit the epic world of Pyrrhia. According to prophecy, five young dragons will rise to end the bloodshed and bring peace back to the land. Raised and trained in secret from the time they were hatched, the Dragonets of destiny – Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny – embark on an evolving quest that will bring them face to face with their true selves and the overwhelming scope of this savage war they are destined to bring to an end.
DuVernay and Sutherland will serve as executive producers along with Sarah Bremner and Sam Register. Meanwhile, Dan Milano (Glitch Techs) and Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000) will adapt Wings of Fire and serve as showrunners and executive producers with Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance). Talking about the opportunity, DuVernay said:
Within this epic book series from the mind of Tui Sutherland is an elegant saga filled with wisdom and wonder, exploring ideas of belonging and bias, camaraderie and community. On behalf of my colleagues Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks, we’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Warner Bros. Animation for this dynamic adaptation where five young dragonets fulfill their destiny and show viewers how to fulfill their own.
Melissa Cobb of Netflix added:
We couldn’t be more proud that Ava has chosen Netflix as the home for her first animated series. An epic fantasy saga full of sweep and spectacle, Wings of Fire promises to be a must-see event for the whole family.
Sutherland shared her excitement for Wings of Fire to be adapted as well:
When I started writing my own dragon series, Wings of Fire, I knew a few important things. I knew I wanted it to be a big epic fantasy with a sense of humor and kindhearted heroes. I wanted to explore questions of fate vs. free will, different ways of handling power, nature and nurture, family and empathy and friendship. And perhaps most of all, I wanted it to be a story told entirely from the dragons’ point of view. I am so immensely thrilled and grateful that Ava DuVernay is our Queen of Dragons, I’m pretty sure that’s the official title. Ava is someone who saves the world every day without waiting for any prophecy to tell her what to do. I hope some of my dragons grow up to be just like her.
Are you excited for this adaptation? Have you read Wings of Fire?