A series based on Eragon and The Inheritance Cycle is in the works for Disney Plus with author Christopher Paolini.
Disney Plus appears to be the home where failed adaptations of popular young adult novels receive a second life. The streamer is currently developing shows based on Percy Jackson, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and now Variety reports an Eragon series is also on the way.
Return to Alagaësia
Eragon was self-published by author Christopher Paolini in 2002, who was 15 years old at the time. The first book launched The Inheritance Cycle, which consists of four novels and concluded in 2011. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm was released in 2018, a collection of short stories as part of the Tales from Alagaësia series.
20th Century Fox released a live-action film based on Eragon in 2006, but received a poor reception and earned $249 million worldwide. Disney is looking to reinvigorate the potential franchise with author Christopher Paolini serving as the co-writer and co-showrunner on the Eragon series. Paolini will work alongside another showrunner since this will mark his first television project. Bert Salke is on board as an executive producer under Co-Lab 21 banner. 20th Television is also producing the project.
Here is the synopsis for the 2006 film:
“In a mythical time, a teenage boy becomes a dragon rider with the help of a wise old man, and with his newly-hatched dragon, avenges the murder of his uncle, rescues a beautiful warrior, and battles a tyrannical king.”
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier, the film stars Ed Speelers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, Joss Stone, Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich.
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