An Eragon live-action TV series is reportedly in development at Disney+.
Eragon is the first book in The Inheritance Cycle series written by Christopher Paolini.￼￼According to sources, Paolini will serve as co-writer and co-showrunner, with the search currently on for a co-writer and co-showrunner to work alongside him as Paolini has never written for television before.
In 2021, fans of the books began using the hashtag #EragonRemake in an effort to get Disney to produce a series version given their disappointment with the film.
The book tells the story of a farm boy named Eragon, who finds a mysterious stone in the mountains. The stone is revealed to be a dragon egg, and a dragon he later names Saphira hatches from it. When the evil King Galbatorix finds out about the egg, he sends monstrous servants to acquire it, making Eragon and Saphira flee from their hometown with a storyteller named Brom. Brom, an old member of an extinct group called the Dragon Riders, teaches Eragon about ‘The Ways of the Rider
A film adaptation of Eragon was released in the United States on December 15, 2006. Plans to create the film were first announced in February 2004, when 20th Century Fox (now owned by Disney) purchased the rights to Eragon. The film was directed by first-timer Stefen Fangmeier, and written by Peter Buchman.
Edward Speleers was selected for the role of Eragon and starred Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, Joss Stone and John Malkovich, with Rachel Weisz as the voice of Saphira the dragon.
The film received mostly negative reviews, garnering a 16% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Eragon was supposed to be the first in a franchise based on Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle book series with Fangmeirer shooting both Eldest and Brisingr back-to-back.
However, following the poor reception of Eragon on its release, the planned franchise was cancelled.
Eragon would also be the latest high-profile YA novel series to get adapted into a Disney+ series. The streamer is currently working on a series version of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books starring Walker Scobell in the lead role.
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