Ava DuVernay (Selma, When They See Us) is slated to adapt Tui T. Sutherland’s best-selling novel Wings of Fire into an animated series for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000), and Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance) executive producing, the fantasy novel saga follows young dragons fulfilling prophecies in a fictional universe.
Netflix’s formal description of the series reads, “A bitter war has raged for generations between 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,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
DuVernay is credited for several other TV collaborations with Netflix, including the Emmy-winning limited series When They See Us and the upcoming series Colin in Black & White. However, this is her first animated series. She states, “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,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
Sutherland expressed her eagerness for her epic saga to be turned into a Netflix series in a note to fans, “And now I am so excited to invite you into the Wings of Fire world in a whole new way: as a TV show on Netflix! ‘Will there ever be a TV show?’ has been the #1 question I’ve gotten at events almost from the beginning, and the answer is finally yes!,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
The upcoming Netflix series is expected to have ten episodes.