Author Christopher Paolini is being given another opportunity to bring his beloved Eragon books to life, and this time, he aims to do it justice with the development of a live-action series in collaboration with Disney+.
The fantasy series, consisting of four parts, originated in 2003 and revolves around Eragon, a teenage boy who discovers his fate as a Dragon Rider. In a conversation with Radio Times, the 40-year-old author clarified that the 2006 film adaptation, helmed by Stefen Fangmeier, lacked the distinctive elements that contribute to the enjoyment of reading his story. The film features Ed Speelers, Jeremy Irons, and John Malkovich.
He expressed, “Some of my fans are going to hate for me to say this, but the original film is not really a bad film.”
“But where it fails is it’s not a great adaptation, and that’s ultimately the problem.”
Last year, a television adaptation of the books was announced. However, due to the writer’s strike, the development of the show has been rebooted. Paolini is involved as both an executive producer and co-writer, actively seeking a showrunner for the project.
“In a new adaptation I want… to capture the feel of the characters, the emotion of the story, and the grandeur of the locations, something that I think the original film really fell down on,” he said.
Continuing, he added, “One very small example, I say small but it’s actually large, is with locations. Eragon and his companions end up traveling to a place where [there are] these absolutely gigantic, staggeringly large mountains, which are about 10 miles high. And there’s magical reasons for that in the world.”
“They just completely eliminated that from the movie, as well as… you would never guess that there were supposed to be elves and dwarves in the world.”
The show does not have a confirmed release date at the moment. However, an additional standalone novel, focusing on Eragon’s brother and titled Murtagh, was released earlier this year.
Source: The Messenger