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Syfy Set To Adapt Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon

Stephen King’s 1987 fantasy novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, may not be his most famous work but it’s one of his best in my opinion. I always thought it was prime material for a movie adaptation, what with it’s dragons and evil wizards. Now, it looks like I might finally get my wish. Syfy has optioned King’s book for a film or mini-series. 

The novel, which was actually first published as a limited edition hardcover in 1984 by Philtrum Press, was certainly a departure from King’s usual horror fare. Although, one of its main characters, Randall Flagg, has shown up in several of his other books.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The news itself is that Syfy has picked up King’s novel for a longform project. That means it could either be a film or a mini-series. Entertainment Weekly reports that Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) will adapt the novel for the screen as well as executive produce.

They write, “A stand-alone novel that hasn’t been previously adapted into a live-action feature. In fact, among King’s pre-1990 books that were first published under his own name, only his fantasy titles (Eyes of the DragonThe Talisman and the Dark Tower books) haven’t yet been adapted, though all have been in development at one point or another.”

The Eyes of the Dragon takes place in a land called Delain where a young prince named Peter is framed for murdering his father. Meanwhile, the King’s magician (Flagg) weaves an intricate plot to secure power for himself and Peter’s younger brother Thomas is caught in the middle. The novel features illustrations by David Palladini that could make for a great jumping off point for production.

You may be worried that a channel who produced such films as Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus are adapting this beloved work but Syfy have already tweeted at film critic (and big fan of The Eyes of the Dragon) Scott Weinberg, to say the film, “would not be done as a Saturday night movie.” Sounds promising then. Weinberg himself is staying positive, “Everybody wants their own #gameofthrones. @Syfy landed a fantastic Stephen King novel that could become theirs.”

Are you a fan of the book? What do you think about the news? I’m still a little scared but I’m hoping Syfy really puts their weight behind the project and hits a home run.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Kath

    This is easily one of my favourite King books. Easily. It’s so brilliantly written.

    Kind of a shame King doesn’t write more ‘straight’ fantasy.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Refresh my memory. Has Syfy ever, EVER made a good movie or miniseries?

  • Anonymous

    Never watch Syfy (french here) but if they don’t muck it up: HOLY FREAKING YEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!

  • John Byrne Says…

    Eyes of the Dragon was the first Stephen King book I ever read. Thought it was brilliant then and still do. I’m always nervous when anyone adapts a King book but SyFy especially gives me cause for concern. Will cross my fingers they do this right and give it a budget it needs.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing good can come of this. 

  • Tina

    I adore the book. Syfy has a spotty track record with original films, but one can hope they’ll understand the importance of what they have been given.

  • Anonymous

    Oh God. NOT another impending poorly and cheaply produced, badly written and excreeably  acted butchery of a promising property/concept by the schlockmeister network. Say it ain’t so SyFy. Stick with airing wrestling

  • John Wao

    I was hoping that this would be one of the projects that Gale Ann Hurd was going to be tackling for SyFy.

  • Wolf

    Oh gods. If SyFy is doing it, it’s going to be ruined. Ugh. I mean, look how badly they screwed up with Legend of the Seeker. I turned that off after ranting at my TV for 15 minutes in the first episode.

  • Anonymous

    I could be convinced to call a couple Not Terrible. That’s about as brightly my praise would glow.

  • Anonymous

    I think whatever gets done, they should get the same guy to play Flagg in this, the Dark Tower series, and the eventual remake of The Stand.  Just to mess with people.

  • Wolf

    From a book? No.

  • N J Mix

     I liked Tin Man a lot.  Here’s hoping SyFy doesn’t totally butcher EotD.

  • Ividia Kt

    Color me concerned….Someone else mentioned Tin Man and I did thoroughly enjoy that series but considering how long they have been around and how many dismal things they have done, that is not a great average.  And yes, Seeker was butchered….it’s only shining moments were Charisma Carpenter as a Mord Sith.

  • Neta Bozman

    I love this book and I’m hopeful that they’ll do a good job with the adaption.  But really, adaptations of King’s books always seem to be either excellent (The Body/Stand by Me) or awful (Pet Sematary) and based on SyFy’s past performances…well, I’m not getting my hopes up too high.

  • Anonymous

     They had nothing to do with Legend of the Seeker.

  • Jen Spence

    I thought they did an excellent job with the Dune books that they made into mini series(es?).

  • Kath

    And it’s not like the people behind it were working with the highest quality source material, either.

  • Anonymous

    This is my favorite Stephen King book. And that’s a hard choice to make. I am terrified of this being done wrong.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    This was my favorite King book for a long time and still remains in my top five by him.  I know they are making this now because of the popularity and critical acclaim of Game of Thrones, and I really hope they can sink more time, money, and talent into it than their usual fare.  SyFy don’t FRAK THIS UP.

  • Sheila

    This has always been one of my favorite fantasy novels, and I will definitely watch it in theaters. Glad to see it getting some props!

  • Ceci Saia

    I’ve been reading King for over 10 years now, he’s one my favorite Authors, but I only came across The Eyes of the Dragon last year. It instantly became one of my favorites, so well written, couldn’t drop it, I fell in love with the story and the characters.

    I’m happy about the adaptation, and I think that if they don’t go with the movie option, then the mini series should be very mini: 3 episodes at most.

  • Paige Vest

    After so looking forward to and being SO disappointed by A&E’s Bag of Bones adaptation, I have little faith in anyone to do this story justice. =/

  • Kenn Fehr

    I certainly hope if they do it they do it right. further more if they were to do the Dark Tower properly it woild have to be a series and not just a mini.

  • Suzanne Lintzenich Alpstadt-Ap

    Is this still in the works or not? I cannot find anything else on this recently. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I have a sort of reading disorder where no matter how good the material I fall asleep about 20 mins in. I used to force myself to stay awake to keep reading because I didn’t want to stop.