Roberto Orci is preparing to take children on a fantastical adventure…
The 39-year-old Mexican film and television producer and his business partner Alex Kurtzman have signed on to produce Dragonology, a fantasy adventure series to be based on the children’s book series.
Universal picked up the series in 2008, initially hiring Leonard Hartman to pen the script. Hartman now will serve as an executive producer on the project, while Orci and Kurtzman will oversee the hiring of a new scribe and the writing of a new script.
The faux fiction books are based on the notion that dragons actually exist as revealed by the Victorian dragonologist Ernest Drake. The studio’s take revolves around a team of dragonologists who embark on a quest to avert a plot to use the world’s remaining dragons to wipe out humanity.
The series, published in the U.K. by Templar and in the U.S. by Candlewick Press, now has 12 titles and has sold more than 6 million copies.
Dragonology falls under Kurtzman and Orci’s two-year, first-look deal with Universal that they signed in May.
The duo are writers and producers on Star Trek 2 and have been slated to write and executive produce the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.