Big budget fantasy shows are all the rage these days, with various networks and streaming services investing huge amounts of money in an effort to try and establish their latest high profile episodic project as the next Game of Thrones. And the internet is now hoping that they can convince Disney to add the early-2000s fantasy book series Eragon to the list of in-development titles.
The concept is solid, following the standard ‘Chosen One’ narrative with a fantastical twist. The young title hero lives in the kingdom of Alagaesia, ruled by the evil Galbatorix. Eragon discovers a dragon’s egg, which in short hatches into his companion and best buddy as the duo team up to try and restore his homeland to its former glories and overthrow the reigning monarch along the way.
It’s got plenty of superficial similarities to some hugely popular movies and TV shows, and everyone knows that people love stuff that’s got dragons in it. To that end, author Christopher Paolini has been urging his fans to campaign for a potential Eragon adaptation on Disney Plus, and as you can see from the reactions below, his supporters have responded in kind.
— Christopher Paolini (@paolini) June 20, 2021
— ???? ???? (@ross_artw) June 20, 2021
— TJ Platt (@silver_sledder) June 20, 2021
— Henry Holler (@9slayer7) June 20, 2021
if @Disney comes through and does make a remake: whats everyone’s thoughts on what type of remake they would like it to be? (e.g: movie or series. live action or animated. etc etc) #EragonRemake pic.twitter.com/fmokiIHmzP
— Anabelle (@ppaac7) June 20, 2021
— Medieval Florida Man (@dragonheart459) June 20, 2021
— Cryodrake?️? (@Cryodrake0) June 20, 2021
#EragonRemake! The amount of commitment and love in the community that @paolini has created is amazing. I am so proud of what we are accomplishing. @Disney this is something that needs to happen! It's hard to put into words what this series means to a lot of people. pic.twitter.com/E1QxyCm2BV
— Garrett Sorenson (@_GarrettSky_) June 20, 2021
Can we talk about how great these memes are? @Disney, you’ve gotta appreciate the humor. Good job, @MCAlagaesia! You know @paolini’s work and his knack for comedy so well ??? #EragonRemake pic.twitter.com/RsvZwkSuSs
— Bridget Conway (@BridgetC1013) June 20, 2021
The inheritance cycle not only has epic battles, it also has a clear message of personal growth and is inclusive with different races and sexes by having important characters from all of them
Please @Disney we need a #EragonRemake pic.twitter.com/BlkePz7fak
— Diana R. (@DianaRizo20) June 20, 2021
— David Ballin (@DavidBallin1) June 20, 2021
The 2006 adventure managed to earn $250 million at the box office, but it was widely panned by critics, so any plans for sequels were swiftly abandoned. Essentially, Paolini is asking for the Percy Jackson treatment to the letter, which was also a popular literary series that yielded middling blockbusters from 20th Century Fox before Disney’s acquisition of the company eventually saw them place a much more faithful episodic adaptation into development.
Fan campaigns rarely bring any tangible rewards, though, but if Percy Jackson hits big whenever it arrives, then Eragon is very much cut from the same cloth and could be worth a look.