Holy crap! I seriously can't believe this is happening! Stephen King's 1987 fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon is one of my favorite books of all time. This is one of those books I read over and over again when I was a kid. I've always wanted to see it get a big-screen adaptation, but a TV miniseries will be just as good for me!
The project is set up over at the SyFy Channel, and it's being scripted by Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot). These TV miniseries are hit and miss for SyFy, but they have an obligation to knock this one out of the park. They need to do whatever it takes to turn this classic book into an incredibly epic miniseries.
I think one of the main reasons this is finally getting made is because of the success of HBO's "Game of Thrones". We can only hope the production value of The Eyes of the Dragon will end up being just as detailed and incredible.
The story is set in the realm of Delain and it centers on a teenage prince who is falsely accused of murdering the king, who happens to be his father. The prince is imprisoned in a high tower, and he has to figure out a way to escape, so he can clear his name, and confront the diabolical wizard who's really responsible for his father’s death.
I couldn't be more excited about this book finally getting a live-action adaptation. I just hope it turns out to be worth the wait. Other King TV adaptations in the works include; Showtime's miniseries based Under The Dome and HBO will be taking on the TV part of Ron Howard's epic adaptation of the Dark Tower series.
Here's a detailed plot description:
THE EYES OF THE DRAGON takes place entirely within the realm of Delain (which itself is located within In-World from THE DARK TOWER series). It is told from the perspective of an unnamed storyteller/narrator, who speaks casually and frankly to the reader, frequently adding his own commentary on characters' motivations and the like.
The King's magician, Flagg, seeking to destroy the Kingdom of Delain, sees his plans being ruined by the good heart of Queen Sasha. After Sasha gives birth to Peter, a noble and worthy future king, Flagg realizes that his position, his plans, and his life may be in danger because of Peter. When Sasha is pregnant with a second son, Flagg seizes the opportunity. He forces the Queen's midwife to cut Sasha as the second son, Thomas, is born. Sasha bleeds to death and Flagg begins plotting to remove Peter. As Peter becomes a teenager, he begins the custom of bringing a glass of wine to his father before bed each night. Flagg decides to use this as a means of framing Peter. He dissolves a poison called "Dragon Sand" in a glass of wine and delivers it to the king after Peter leaves. Previously, in an attempt to win Thomas' friendship, Flagg had shown him a secret passage where Thomas could spy on his father.
Unbeknownst to Flagg, when he delivers the poison, Thomas is watching through the glass eyes of the mounted head of Roland's greatest trophy, the dragon. Flagg plants evidence incriminating Peter. After a brief trial, during which the judge decides Peter is guilty, he is locked up in the enormous tower called the Needle in the center of the city. Thomas is then crowned King, although he is only twelve years old; due to his youth and his fearful inexperience, he allows Flagg enormous amounts of power. At the start of his long stay in the Needle, Peter manages to send a note to the judge who convicted him, Anders Peyna, with the seemingly innocuous requests to have his mother's old dollhouse and napkins with his meals. Peyna is puzzled by the requests, but, seeing no harm in them, grants them.
Five years later, Peter escapes from the Needle, having used the toy loom in the dollhouse and threads from the napkins to make a rope. After the escape he and his allies rush to get Roland’s bow and arrow. However, it is not to be found because Thomas had it once they got into the king's "sitting room". Flagg, now revealed as a demonic being, is about to kill them when Thomas reveals himself and tells Flagg that he (Thomas) watched Flagg poison Roland. Thomas shoots Flagg in the eye, but Flagg uses magic to disappear and escape. At the end of the novel, Peter is declared to be the rightful king. Thomas, who has become deeply hated in Delain, sets off alongside his butler, Dennis, to find Flagg. They find him and they confront him, but the narrator does not reveal the outcome.