According to Variety, Disney+ is developing an Eragon TV series based on the novels by Christopher Paolini. The release states that Paolini will co-write and co-showrunner the television series Eragon, and that someone is being sought to work with him, as he has never written for television before.
Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when he was still a teenager, but later the fantasy novel gained popularity and became a bestseller. Naturally, Hollywood called and 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the novel, but unfortunately the resulting adaptation was met with scathing reviews. Although Paolini wrote several more parts of what came to be known as The Inheritance Cycle, the failure of the first film spelled doom for any potential sequels. When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, last year Paolini encouraged fans to push Disney to develop proper adaptations of the novels.
The Cycle of Inheritance tells the story of a young farm boy named Eragon who discovers an egg that hatches into a dragon. The boy names the dragon Saphira. Through their connection and the help of his mentor Brom, Eragon learns to be a Dragon Rider (an ancient order long believed to have been destroyed by the evil King Galbatorix). Eragon and Saphira intended to overthrow Galbatorix and free the lands of Alagaësia from his tyranny. Eragon won’t be the only fantasy series to fail on the big screen and get a TV adaptation from Disney. A TV adaptation of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson franchise starring Walker Scobell is also in development for Disney+. Two films, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, were released by Fox ten years ago to mixed reviews.