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Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon to be adapted as a cable series

04.25.2012

I am a huge Stephen King fan, so the news that his fantasy novel THE EYES OF THE DRAGON would be adapted as a cable television series made me leap for joy. I was then brought crashing back to the ground when I learned that it would be developed at SyFy.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the novel is being adapted as a "longform project," which could mean mini-series or traditional series. With the huge success of GAME OF THRONES, SyFy would be foolish to not try and convert this novel into a longer series.

THE EYES OF THE DRAGON was originally written as more of a children's story. The plot takes place in the fictional realm of Delain and follows a teenage prince who is falsely accused of murdering his father, the king. Imprisoned in a high tower, the prince must figure out a way to escape, clear his name, and confront the devious and powerful wizard who is responsible for his father’s death.

The biggest appeal for King fans is the direct connection between THE EYES OF THE DRAGON and THE DARK TOWER. Both tales take place in the overall realm of In-World and feature the recurring villain of Flagg, who also appears in THE STAND.

With the glut of rumors circling Ron Howard's adaptation of THE DARK TOWER, this could neatly capitalize on being related to that series to draw in viewers.

The biggest issue, however, is budget. SyFy is known for their microbudget films and series which rely heavily on cheap CGI. THE EYES OF THE DRAGON would need to have a quality akin to GAME OF THRONES if it is going to work as a sustained project. It remains to be seen if SyFy can put in that kind of commitment.

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4:26PM on 04/26/2012

syfy will ruin it

My favorite book as a kid.. too bad syfy doesn't have the guts to make something good. there too scared to spend the money.
My favorite book as a kid.. too bad syfy doesn't have the guts to make something good. there too scared to spend the money.
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12:16AM on 04/26/2012

I don't hate Syfy. Not really.

I mean come on, I LOVED Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 & Farscape! Once it was the goto channel for space opera type adventure shows (just think what would happen if Firefly debuted here instead of Fox, we could've it STILL running!) But yes, nowadays they should just change their name to Fa-Fy (fantasy fiction), and aside for some rather fun shows (Eureka, Warehouse 13, Alphas, Being Human) most of them are garbage. I just hope a Stephen King Fantasy Thriller adaptation will be close to
I mean come on, I LOVED Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 & Farscape! Once it was the goto channel for space opera type adventure shows (just think what would happen if Firefly debuted here instead of Fox, we could've it STILL running!) But yes, nowadays they should just change their name to Fa-Fy (fantasy fiction), and aside for some rather fun shows (Eureka, Warehouse 13, Alphas, Being Human) most of them are garbage. I just hope a Stephen King Fantasy Thriller adaptation will be close to their best work, instead of worst.
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8:19PM on 04/25/2012
i will hold judgement until i see something. most of syfy's stuff is horrible. but they do have some good stuff sometimes. alphas is pretty good, being human is pretty good, tin man was ok, but alice sucked.

i will hold judgement until i see something. most of syfy's stuff is horrible. but they do have some good stuff sometimes. alphas is pretty good, being human is pretty good, tin man was ok, but alice sucked.

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7:41PM on 04/25/2012

ROFL

I can see it now, a 10 day shoot with Uwe Boll as the director and a 20 thousand dollar budget, to shoot concurrently with their other feature Mega Condor Hamster Shark Croc.

I have read some of Kings work, including the Dark Tower, never hear of this, but if SyFy is attached it will be utter crap. To even compare it to Game of Thrones is ridiculous.
I can see it now, a 10 day shoot with Uwe Boll as the director and a 20 thousand dollar budget, to shoot concurrently with their other feature Mega Condor Hamster Shark Croc.

I have read some of Kings work, including the Dark Tower, never hear of this, but if SyFy is attached it will be utter crap. To even compare it to Game of Thrones is ridiculous.
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1:24AM on 04/26/2012
WHAT? Mega Condor Hamster Shark Croc? BRING IT ON!
WHAT? Mega Condor Hamster Shark Croc? BRING IT ON!
5:53PM on 04/25/2012
i dont know. I think Eyes of the Dragon doesnt really read high budget (Dark Tower does, yes), but at the same time, SyFy tends to go the extra mile to make its shit bad.
i dont know. I think Eyes of the Dragon doesnt really read high budget (Dark Tower does, yes), but at the same time, SyFy tends to go the extra mile to make its shit bad.
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5:04PM on 04/25/2012
The SyFy channel's dollar baby. Oof.
The SyFy channel's dollar baby. Oof.
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