Stephen King's Incredible Fantasy Novel EYES OF THE DRAGON is Being Developed as a Series For Hulu!
One of my all-time favorite Stephen King novels is his 1984 Medieval fantasy novel Eyes of the Dragon. I first read this book when I was a kid and I just loved the story! I’ve been waiting for an adaptation of this story to get made for years and it looks like it’s finally happening! There was an attempt to adapt it into a film years ago but it didn’t work out… obviously.
Now Hulu will be producing a series adaptation of the book and they’ve hired Seth Grahame-Smith (Lego Batman Movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to write the pilot episode. He will also serve as showrunner on the series project.
Eyes of the Dragon is set in the fictional realm of Delain and it tells the story of power and the path of two prince brothers. Here are the story details:
King Roland’s manipulative magician, Flagg, sees his power threatened when Queen Sasha gives birth to Peter, an heir to the throne. When the queen is pregnant with a second son, Flagg gets her midwife to mortally wound the queen and so begins his plot to dispose of the future king. Peter brings wine to his father’s bed chambers each night and Flagg poisons the potion and frames the son. The magician has meanwhile also been manipulating the younger son, Thomas, showing him secret passages where the boy can spy on his father. Thomas sees the murder of the king and the frameup of his brother, but is torn when Peter is found guilty and locked in an enormous tower. After all with Peter gone, he’s king at age 12. He allows Flagg widespread power that corrupts the kingdom. Meanwhile, Peter must attempt an escape to thwart Flagg and win back the throne.
And the escape he plans is epic and tedious. When I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. King wrote the book because he wanted to tell a story that his kids could read and enjoy. A book that wasn’t so scary and dark. I’m sure they did enjoy it, but there are a lot of other kids out there like myself that enjoyed it as well.
Grahame-Smith had this to say in a statement:
“I am so excited to be working in the world of Stephen King with with Hulu, which has such a terrific track record with Stephen King adaptations. The goal for this series is to feel unlike any Stephen King adaptation before, with this rich underlying source material, and the only true fantasy book he wrote that has kings and swords and princesses. We will honor the spirit of the book and the legacy.”
Adapting this story into a series is a much better way to tell it than as a movie. This is a story that needs time to build the characters and story, and a series will allow that. I just hope that it gets the high-quality adaptation that it deserves.
Are you excited to hear that Eye of the Dragon is finally getting an adaptation?