Considering Disney’s game has always been adapting well-known IPs for their benefit, it was strange for many that they never announced an adaptation of the popular Eragon novel series. They received the rights not too long ago and were already working on a Percy Jackson adaptation to enter the young adults market. According to Variety, they are finally moving forward with an adaptation.
In their new piece, they will first adapt The Inheritance Cycle based on Christopher Paolini‘s four-book series. He will also serve as co-writer and co-showrunner on the project but has not nailed down who else he’ll be working with. This will mark Paolini‘s first time working on a TV adaptation but does continue a popular trend of Disney including the novelists in the production.
The story will follow the journey of a young farmboy named, you guessed it, Eragon. Once he discovers the egg of a dragon, which he names Saphira, his life is flipped upside down. With the help of his mentor Brom, he learns to become a Dragon Rider and ends up facing off against the evil king Galbatorix. The book was self-publish back in 2002 before Knopf acquired the rights in 2003. Its sequels were titled Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, which went on to sell 41M copies worldwide so far.
It’ll surprisingly be produced under the 20th Television banner with Bert Salke set to executive produce, who has an overall deal with Disney television Studios. It’s unclear if it’ll be branded as a Disney series or rather under the 20th banner. It marking the next big project on Disney+’s growth plan as they try to remove the dependence on Star Wars and Marvel productions, which may also alleviate the weight on those projects.