Eragon Author Urges Fans to Ask Disney for a Proper Adaptation
From A Series of Unfortunate Events to Percy Jackson, YA novel adaptations are becoming common; the author of Eragon wants his series to be next.
Christopher Paolini – the author of the book Eragon and its three subsequent sequels – is urging fans online to ask Disney for a television adaptation of his children’s fantasy series. The first novel hit bookshelves in 2003 and was one of the best-selling children’s books of that year. Eragon received a film adaptation from 20th Century Fox in 2006 which was largely panned by both fans and critics alike, despite performing moderately well at the box office. Unfortunately, the planned franchise never took off, and the prospects for a fully-fleshed Eragon adaptation have been quiet until today.
Eragon follows the titular hero, Eragon, and his adventures in the fantasy world of Alagaësia. He travels with a grizzled storyteller, Brom, and his telepathic dragon, Saphira, as they evade the clutches of the sinister King Galbatorix. From a lore standpoint, the world of Eragon shares many characteristics in common with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series such as the presence of elves, dwarves, and dragons. The narrative, however, is heavily inspired by the Star Wars franchise with its inclusion of colored swords and soap opera-esque parentage reveals.
Christopher Paolini recently took to Twitter to advocate for a “proper” adaptation of his series. He is urging his fans to “tweetstorm” their support of the #EragonRemake in hopes that Disney may catch on and produce their own Disney+ series based on his books. Read his full tweet below
Disney acquired the rights to the first Eragon film adaptation after their acquisition of 20th Century Fox and all its intellectual properties. In addition to this, Disney+ recently released a film adaptation, Artemis Fowl, and is also currently casting for their Percy Jackson series – both of which are adaptations of beloved young adult fantasy franchises. Disney certainly does have the means to develop its own take on the Eragon universe if they chose to do so.
Twitter campaigns for movies and television series have become commonplace ever since DC fans sparked the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but they have been met with varying degrees of success. However, an Eragon adaptation seems more likely than most. Disney has already shown that they’re more than willing to invest money in franchises like Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson; on top of that, the success of Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events has shown that there is a definitive market for such YA novel adaptations. Time will tell whether #EragonRemake becomes the next in Disney’s lineup of book adaptations, or whether it will falter like so many other hashtag campaigns before it.
Source – ScreenRant