Eragon Series In Development For Disney+

Eragon Series In Development For Disney+

I’ve said it before and will again, we are in the golden age of fantasy adaptations. Variety reports an Eragon series in development for Disney+. This will be Disney’s third foray onto the emerging power of the fantasy genre. The Willow series will be Disney’s first live-action fantasy show. However let’s face it, Willow was hardly a premium AAA franchise. Then we have the Percy Jackson books in active development in the House of Mouse.

Most of the biggest fantasy franchises have been signed up already. The Lord of the Rings is at Amazon along with The Wheel of Time. The third big gun, Game of Thrones is still at HBO, and Netflix have grabbed probably the next biggest ones in both The Witcher and Conan. It looks like another of the big hitters will now be on Disney+ with Eragon.

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As reported by Variety,

An “Eragon” live-action TV series is in early development at Disney+, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

The series would be based on the Christopher Paolini young adult novel series “The Inheritance Cycle,” with “Eragon” being the first of the four books in that series.

According to sources, Paolini will serve as co-writer on the series. Bert Salke will executive produce under his Co-Lab 21 banner, with 20th Television producing. Salke is currently under an overall deal with Disney Television Studios, of which 20th TV is a part.

Reps for Disney and Paolini did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

“The Inheritance Cycle” tells the story of a farmboy named Eragon who discovers an egg that hatches into a dragon he names Saphira. Through their bond and the help of his mentor Brom, Eragon learns to be a Dragon Rider, an ancient order that had long been thought to be wiped out by the evil king Galbatorix. Eragon and Saphira set out to defeat Galbatorix and free the land of Alagaësia from his tyranny.

Thoughts?

I know almost nothing about Eragon. I am very often scared off by the YA tag on novels. For those unaware that means Young Adult. In my opinion this generally stands for the fact the books are more simplistic and easier to read. However it should not stand for that and I have found myself proved wrong on occasion. Not quite enough to shake the tag from my thought process though.

I enjoyed the Harry Potter books, and His Dark Materials is classed as YA and it’s one of my favorite ever book series. However right now I am beginning my journey into the Brando Sando Cosmere mythos and Eragon has never been high on my list.

The books have been badly adapted into movies previously. However we have seen that long-form TV series seem to be the superior format for adapting fantasy. Well, if the company paying for them can afford the expense anyway. The question is what comes next and who will win the race for Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere? The author says Hollywood has come calling this year for him in a big way. sadly for them, he doesn’t need the money which they seems unable to comprehend.

If the show moves ahead into production, then I’ll watch it when it gits Disney+. However things are not yet that far along, Not every series in development makes it to production. Are you interested in the news that and Eragon series in development for Disney+? Thoughts below, or over on Discord as always.

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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