Raise the portcullis! Sound the trumpets! Hulu and Fox21 studios are in process of creating a series based on Stephen King‘s 1984 novel, The Eyes of the Dragon. This little known, and even tragically less-revered, book of King’s is a sword and sorcery journey through the rise and fall of a prince’s claim to the throne. Pretty standard in terms of this genre, but I am drooling in anticipation for the aspects of this novel that make it one of my favorites to hit the screen at a TV near me.
First and foremost, TEotD is tight — 330 pages of goodness that never waivers from its mission of telling the reader a damn good story. King wastes no time with frivolity, a chief complaint for many of his longer works. Secondly, we get a faceful of perhaps my favorite villain of all time, Randall Flagg. The Walkin’ Dude. The. Man. In. Black. He is the central force of evil in The Stand, and is a marquee player in The Dark Tower. In TEotD, Flagg is found at his most central personality, a powerful wizard, a syrupy manipulator, and a bringer of chaos and civilization collapse.
Bringing Flagg and Prince Peter to Hulu for the pilot episode is Seth Grahame-Smith, who also produced the film adaptations of IT (I and II), and wrote The Lego Batman Movie. Of particularly enjoyable note, Grahame-Smith also penned Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a spin on the English classical romance novel by Jane Austin.
No word yet on release dates or acting talent utlilized, and Stephen King’s twitter feed has so far been pretty quiet, but keep an eye out for this one, especially if you are still struggling with a Game of Thrones hangover.
Fox21 Studios is the party responsible for The Eyes of the Dragon, which will be available for streaming on Hulu.
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