Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon is heading to Hulu. The new series is currently in development and there have been some whispers that it could be the youth adult Game of Thrones. That is definitely not something to be thrown around lightly, since the hit HBO series is one of the biggest shows in the history of television and such a comparison could bring expectations up way too high. Hulu has made a deal to develop a pilot based on King's 1984 novel.
Eyes of the Dragon is a story about a powerful and old wizard who attempts to take control of a kingdom, and a prince who tries to stop him. Stephen King wrote the book originally to step away from the horror genre and write something that his kids could read and hopefully enjoy. King's children were ages 14, 12, and 7 at the time. It ended up being the perfect book when it was released and it was met with praise from critics. However, there were some who were angry and called it a children's book, which is exactly what King set out to do.
This isn't the first time that an Eyes of the Dragon adaptation has been attempted. An animated feature was announced by WAMC Entertainment with a possible release date for 2001 or 2002. The studio ended up losing the rights in 2000, so that never ended up happening. In 2012, Syfy announced they were working on a TV series and even had a script written by Michael Taylor and Jeff Vintar. That project also never ended up taking place. So, will Hulu be the one to bring it to the finish line this time?
Seth Grahame-Smith (Lego Batman Movie) is writing the pilot and will also be serving as the showrunner. Fox 21 is the studio and Grahame and his KatzSmith partner David Katzenberg will be executive producers along with Bill Haber, Roy Lee, and Jon Berg. Hulu reportedly competed with Apple to obtain the rights and ended up winning when the dust settled. There is no production start or release date in set for the series, which will more than likely be announced soon after the pilot. Grahame-Smith had this to say about Eyes of the Dragon.
"I am so excited to be working in the world of Stephen King 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."
Game of Thrones is coming to a close this Sunday and many are wondering exactly what HBO is going to do to fill the gap. They have plenty of original content on the way, but what about fans who are looking for more wizards, warriors, and magic? Eyes of the Dragon could be the answer to that, but we'll just have to wait and see. The Eyes of the Dragon news was first announced by Deadline.