It’s been ten years since the Eragon movie hit theaters – here’s how we’re “celebrating”!

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the release of the film adaptation of Eragon. First announced in 2003, the movie spent nearly four years in production and despite its massive budget and big-name actors, Eragon premiered across the world to mixed reviews and massive disappointment from fans.

We’ve spent the past decade reflecting on the film – what could have been, where it went wrong, and whether or not we’ll ever see another attempt at a cinematic Alagaësia. Much has changed in the years since. Many books have gone on to have wildly successful adaptations in Hollywood; fantasy is hotter than ever, thanks to the likes of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and other mega-franchises; authors are more involved than ever in the adaptations of their books (which is largely at the discretion of their respective movie studios); new executives have taken over at Fox, the studio who holds the rights to Eragon. Does all of this bode well for a new reboot? We think so!

As part of our tenth anniversary “celebration,” we’re going to be releasing a series of articles aimed at exploring where the Eragon movie went wrong, whether it’s possible to see the Inheritance Cycle rebooted on the big screen, other types of adaptations we’d like to see, dream cast for future films, and much more! Plus, we’ll be recording and releasing the long-awaited audio commentary track featuring as our staff watch the Eragon movie, sharing our uncensored opinions as we go!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come:

  • Round-up of everything we know about an Eragon reboot
  • Poll/discussion – Would you rather a movie/TV show/game/anime/comic?
  • The Eragon video games you never knew existed (and their surprising quality!)
  • Exploring the incredible film soundtrack
  • Looking back at the Eragon movie’s surprising deleted scenes
  • Eragon cast – Where are they now? (article series)
  • Eragon movie dream cast (article series)
  • What went wrong? Exploring the film’s potential – and its eventual fizzle
  • Is there hope for Eragon on the big screen in 2017?
  • Forget a movie – what about a TV show?!
  • Eragon movie audio commentary track (recorded by Shur’tugal staff)

We’ve got much more to come! Have thoughts or ideas on other articles you’d like to see us write? Let us know in the comments!

We’d love to hear from you! When did you first see the Eragon movie? Did you see the movie before reading the books, or vice-versa? How would you rate the film on a scale from 1 to 10? Let us know in the comments!

  • Can I just say that I thought the movie sucked? First of all, as an avid lover of the books, it was aggravatingly inaccurate. I could say the same of the Percy Jackson movies. HOWEVER, at least the PJO movies were GOOD (if one looked at them as stand-alone movies). The Eragon movie, in my opinion was cast poorly, designed poorly, and produced poorly overall. I hope there’s a reboot, and I’m hoping it’s a series, because there’s no way a movie or two is gonna cover all that material accurately and well.

  • Laura Andrea Rosales

    netflix tv series reboot!!

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    kvetha fricai, I for one HATED the movie, having read each of the books at least 8 times before i watched the movie. My granny bought me a book with the movie cover on it, i sat and named off everything wrong with the chacters in less than 5 minutes. So yes a rebbot sounds nice, but here is a thought, maybe find some actors that look like the charecters for eragon. Just sayin!

  • Zeke

    Watched the movie before the books, and i read all four books and Saphira did not die in the book, so i give the movie a 7, but i would go with a TV series.

  • lukas

    I read the book before.Please make a comic about ERGON please thats a very good idea. I found the books were very very good 9/10

    • lukas

      Sorry *ERAGON

  • Keelie wickham

    I watched the movie and liked but now I have read the first two books I don’t like the movie now and want another movie or tv series by HBO like game of thrones and covers every details of the books. I have an actor in mind for eragon and I would love it to show the bind between eragon and saphira. I think taron Edgerton or Carter Jenkins as eragon and keep Jeremy irons as born or even his son Max as eragon and him brom

  • newsball

    again book was much better then the movie, although it did take me a little while to get used to ploini’s pov storytelling, so the first book i was a little confused, but then reading the other 3 it was easier because i was used to it

  • Daniel Clausen

    I had seen the movie first, when I was, like, ten or eleven? I had parental guide – since I don’t like violence too much. Then after six years later, I read the books. I had to say, the first two books was great, just into reading the third book right now. As for the movie? Me and my parents thought it was good, though, I was a little disappointing with the characters in the film – other than Saphira, whom I thought was a good creation. As for my scale between the movie and books? 5.4 to the movie, and 7 for the books.

  • Argost

    I saw the movie first back when it was new. Before reading the books I would have given it a 5, but after reading the whole book series many times over I now give it a 1. Why a 1? Because that movie managed to get more things wrong in less than two hours than were made in eleven hours with Lord of The Rings. The plot was totally wrong in many respects, making the next movie impossible if they had tried. The origin and biology of some Races were totally wrong. Ra’zac anyone?. The Dragon design was wrong. It was never said that dragons had feathers. Urgals and Dwarves didn’t exist. Pretty important don’t you think? Hair and Eye colors were all wrong, and the behaviors/mannerisms of the characters were often askew. They got the appearance of the gedwëy ignasia wrong.

    All ranting aside, I would love to see a reboot as a movie or a TV series. 😀
    (So long as Christopher has a HUGE say in what goes on.)

  • Jako

    Love the cycle, haven’t seen the movie. I just didn’t want to spoil the way I envisioned the characters in my mind after reading a lot of bad reviews.
    However, if a reboot ever becomes a reality I do hope that the soundtrack contains some Jethro Tull-like music. I have listened to the score of the film and I liked it very much, but some themes were, for lack of a better word, ‘grander’ than neccesary. In my opinion it missed an ‘earthy’ quality.
    Ever since I stumbled upon Jethro Tull whilst reading Eldest the Inheritance cycle and JT have been a perfect fit for me. Mind, not neccesarily the lyrical content of their songs but definitely the overall feel, Ian Anderson’s husky voice (pre-’85), and the instruments used. Just listen to “Jack in the Green”, “Thick as a Brick”, “Heavy Horses”, “Broadsword”, or “Songs from the Wood”, and let me know what you think!

  • Morgoth of Thardszvul

    All because of my 10 comments.

  • Morgoth of Thardszvul

    I have had people tell me I should be on set.

    • Engla

      I’ve seen a lot of people say before that you should be on set, and I also think that you would be great! Your comments always have a point 🙂 Maybe you should?

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    after i read the books, My grandmother got me a book with the movie cover on it… i practically pointed out every thing wrong with it in 2 seconds, eragon in genral. arya is just, no just no, blonde hair blue eyes what happened to . ” raven hair dark as pitch, with bright green eyes.” quoting the book. it would be helpful if whenever you make a movie for a book that the author is on the set. just saying…

  • Kelly Jenkins

    I read the books first, then saw the movie. Serious letdown. Rate it from 1-10? 0. You get a 0. The major plot of the ENTIRE series was resolved in movie 1, the main character of book 2 was deleted from the 1st movie, and they couldn’t even get his hair color right!

  • Jon Griffith

    I lay in wait of a redo and sequels to boot. I have waited over ten years to finish reading the books in hope that they would bring it back. I have connected with these books in a deep way and I think that a masterfully done redo would bring about not only a happy fan base and possibly encourage the author to explore a continuation of the series but also i think it would score a huge win in the box offices. And! With todays technology, a better video game franchise as well! I am praying for it.

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

  • Gaurav Deopathak

    I am still waiting and still hope that the sequel for Eragon will be announced someday. But, in Eragon movie the story was tampered and altered as many of the sequences of the story are reasoned in the coming parts.

    I think a series preferably animated will be a good choice to launch the story.

  • HomoKafrus

    1. In the cinemas.
    2. I had already read Eragon and Eldest twice each.
    3. I rated it then a 5, I think I was being emotional and not strict enough because it is still one of my favourite franchises.

  • Dida McP

    We’d love to hear from you! When did you first see the Eragon movie?

    My sister-in-law at the time drove me an hour to see it in the theater when it came out as an early Christmas present.

    Did you see the movie before reading the books, or vice-versa?

    I read the books before seeing the movie.

    How would you rate the film on a scale from 1 to 10?

    If I had not read the book, I would rate the movie at about a 6. Since I did read the book and so many things were disappointing to me in the movie for that reason (I was hyped for the movie since it was announced) I normally regard it as rating around a 4.

    I would be excited to see a reboot, though.

    • Morgoth of Thardszvul

      1 barely

    • Armaan

      I saw the movie before reading the book, which was a huge mistake, and I rate the movie a -10000000000000…, because they got EVERYTHING WRONG, that was from the books, and they didn’t make the characters well, and I really wish for a reboot, with Christopher more involved though

  • michael

    A tv show would be waaaay too lengthy!

  • michael

    I vote Jeremy Irons as Galbatorix & Jena Malone as she looks inside the hunger games arena or whoever that lady is who playsd Jin in the new star wars movie is.

    What about you? Looking forward to your anwsers!

    • kayli_the_werecat44

      sounds cool PLEASE LOOK AT MY POST THAT IS BELOW THIS!!!

    • newsball

      i don’t think people would by jeremey irons as galbotrix, considering he played brohm in eragon

      • michael

        He played Scar in the lion king. I also think Kenneth Paolini should play Born.

        • newsball

          yes but like i said even though it’s been 10 years i’m not sure people could picture jermey irons, who i think actually would be a good galbotrix, as jermey irons is a great charcter actor, but i think people would be going, wait wasn’t he brom in eragon. as to bad he passed i think rickman would’ve made a great galabortix

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

    • michael

      I see it!

  • evaritia

    tried to watch the movie before reading the books, failed, looked awful. tried to watch it after reading the books, failed again, took some time, succeeded, regretted. personally I ADORE the book series and I secretly hope that a reboot doesn’t happen until I’m in a position to make it, be it a movie or a TV series, and I think that the latter would work better. however I am still a beginner, so give it time.. 😀

  • Savana Gilman

    I vote doing a tv show, because you can Ave more flexibility with details and enjoy the story pace better. Make each book a season, perhaps?

    • kayli_the_werecat44

      kvetha fricai, That sound like, Super awsome! great idea

  • Holy Oak

    I think if I had seen the movie before I read the books, I would give it a 7-8. Because I HAVE read the books before I watched the movie I give the movie a 3-4. I think Durza and Brom are the only characters who looked a bit like I would have imagened. And I think the movie is made in such a way, that a sequel is impossible. Please make a better movie anyone! xD

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

    • Engla

      You have commented this like 4 times… But yes, I agree.

  • Cara Ashley Murchie

    The movie needs to be an cinematic epic in order to do any part of the story justice. The movie is a sham of the story, with much of the meat of the story missing and changed. We need a movie true to the book no matter how many movies that results in.I hate the movie because the books had entranced me in a similar way to Harry Potter.

  • Doc Dailey

    This needs to be a GoT style show or Avatar: The Last Airbender / Korra cartoon. Whichever is cheapest and can produce content the most regularly. I’d hate to see 2-3 yrs of down time between movies.

    • michael

      No, it’d drag on too long. Legend of Korra has enough content to fit 52 episodes, Inheritance does not.

  • Fearless Filly

    I read the books first and saw the movie when it first came out. It is disappointing the outcome of the movie and I give it a 2/10 because although the movie as a whole was okay (to say the least), considering it is based out of a great book with lots of action and detail, it did not follow the book/ series at all. I feel that the movie was made as if Eragon was a stand alone book. I think that if done in parts to get as much information in as possible it would make a great movie series (I understand that you can’t get every single detail of information into a movie but stay as true to the book as possible, Ex: Saphira had membranous wings not feathered), images and scenes that readers knew were wrong right off the bat really down graded the movie in my opinion. Also, the fact that if another movie was to be made from the current movie, I believe that it would hinder the journey of a young boy into a Dragon rider.

  • Sedjwick

    I saw the movie first, and I thought it was an okay movie. Ten years later I hardly remember anything about it, so it obviously wasn’t that good, but having not read the books, I found nothing totally objectionable about it. After reading the books, however, my opinion changed seeing as how they totally mutilated the plot of the book when they adapted it to a movie. The series definitely has a lot of potential for being translated to a visual media, whether it be a movie or a TV show, so I’m hopeful that that will happen, but I’m not currently holding my breath for it.

  • Troy Rogers

    the movie didn’t have elfs, dwarfs, or urgals(not real urgals), no girl with the shining forehead

    nothing necessary going forward into the 2nd book/movie

    this
    movie was a cheap cash grab destined to fail before it hit theaters,
    even if the movie did fantastic and sold a billion dollars, there was
    nowhere to go for the sequel unless they wanted to completely re-write
    the plot going forward

    the movie didn’t take the
    source material seriously, paolini sold it to an inscrutable director
    that just wanted to monopolize on the fad of book to movies going on at
    the time

    i would love to see a re-boot or another
    media, tv show, web series, whatever. such a sad loss of potential with
    this flopped movie

    • Caleb

      Agree. No room for sequel. Partly due to cutting out integral parts, such as the birth of the young girl near the end so that she can pull us into the second film.

      I read the books first, but I haven’t read the books or watched the movie in years. I bought the books earlier this year, and I need to read them again.

      I personally think that a movie reboot would be better than a tv series. There’s just too much action to split into episodes because each episode would have to carry it’s own story as well as progress the actual story of the books. Rebooting the movies would cut out the need for creating new stories for each episode.

    • Engla

      Yes! Not having Elva is a HUGE mistake, and all because Christopher wasn’t involved.

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!! PLEASE DONT IGNORE MEEEE

    • Engla

      5 times… 😉

  • Trent

    I read the books countless times.. making another movie is a mistake! TV series is where its at.. you only need to look at GOT or Vikings etc to see the story unfold over time.. GOT had me hooked on the first epp.. the first 10 mins was white walkers action and death.. (got me) imagine eragon.. arya riding though a forest a shade ambushing them with magic and fire.. we all know the story.. it would be awesome to not be a rushed movie..

    • michael

      Baloney. A tv show would just drag on forever.

      • Trent

        Baloney? Look at how the movie was rushed to hell.. 100 things missed due to a ‘102 minute’ time restraint.. to have a movie that didnt miss anything, it would have to be a 4hr movie per book..

        • Engla

          Could make it more movies per book like The Hobbit…

        • Engla

          Also why not have a 4 hr movie? Just saying 😛

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

    • Engla

      6…

  • Ekwuss

    I love the audio version!! The movie has a disappointment, Jeremy Irons was great. The rest of the acting was sad.
    Just like lord of the rings, this movie needs to be much longer, ei more parts. Your books are perfect, you can’t cut so much out and expect us to enjoy it! 😎

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

    • AJ Machete

      It would be awesome if your excessively repetitious comment were in some way helpful for a visual media adaptation and not solely focused on a map for the book, as this is not the appropriate place for such specific suggestions and could probably be better heard elsewhere.

    • Engla

      I’m getting tired of this now… Maybe people would actually pay attention if you didn’t annoy them as much?

  • Jas Scarfone

    The eragon books are my favorite series of all time, hands down. I’ve reread them so many times, and they never ever get old. My original Eragon copy was a soft cover and I read it so many times it fell apart. I read the books prior to the movie, and when the movie was released I was so beyond excited!! My parents even got it on DVD for me. Well… sad to say I was sorely disappointed. The movie is a disgrace to the books, honestly, it does them no justice. Its a 1/10 for me. The books would be incredible to be brought to life properly, and I truly hope someone does. I think a TV series would be best for it. It would be an absolute dream if it happened!!

  • Shaun

    TV Series!

    https://m.facebook.com/EragonTV/

    I feel that if they tried it as a movie again lots would get cut, probably lots of Eragon’s training, especially those with Oromis, which is both very interesting and important to the story, whereas a TV Series would allow for greater character development.

    • michael

      No. It would drag on too long.

      • johndoe

        Addlebrained fggot

  • kayli_the_werecat44

    who else bought the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and was disappointed by the map? it is missing 10 cities, doesn’t name the islands to the west of surda, most rivers and lakes are missing names(6 river names, and 5 lake names!) also it fails to recognize the importance of utgard mountain by not labeling it, in the inheritance cycle the map is used in every book and it has 37 cities, but in the guide it only has 27. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!! FOR THE BOOK!!!

    • Engla

      Shut up

      • kayli_the_werecat44

        you are very rude and an overgrown bully, grow up and leave me alone.

  • April Martin

    I saw the movie first then went and bought the books. i like the books better.

  • Lucas C Turner

    I might have enjoyed this movie if I had not read the books before-hand, but I started reading the series when I was pretty young, and I had already re-read Eragon and Eldest multiple times by the time the movie came out. I wasn’t expecting them to nail everything…but to blatantly change so many important details of the story was very disappointing as a fan of the books.

  • Beeba K. Smith

    I read the book first, but it was the movie front cover and it had stills from the film inside. I say had; the pages with the stills on them started falling out not very long after I got the book. I saw the movie afterwards, and was quite disappointed with the outcome. It barely stuck to the story – Brom’s death is the biggest thing currently coming to mind. Although, the actors may not have been right for the roles, but it did spark my love of Jeremy Irons and mayyybe a mini crush on Ed Speleers 😉

  • Bruce Lee Hevener

    Literally the most disapointing movie based from a book series. I place the trash of a movie at 2/10 right above twilight. A good revamp is much needed. I seen the movie in theaters and came out extrememly pissed off at fox. Hopefully it gets the revamp that all its fans so greatly want.

    • I’m not a big fan of Twilight because the story doesn’t interest me, but there’s no denying that they did a much better job adapting those books for film than Eragon did.

      • Bruce Lee Hevener

        Much agreed. The fact that many details were tossed or twisted in the most grotesque ways made me hate the movie. Twilight at least stayed with the first book (the only one i read and regret reading).

        • kayli_the_werecat44

          yess i feel u

      • kayli_the_werecat44

        kvetha fricai, yes they did do a better job, though the books are still better!

  • Hyrum Blau

    7
    I wasn’t very attached to the books when I read the books, so I may be biased, but I believe it is, like the prequels of Star Wars, a good movie, just not a good movie from their series.

  • I saw the film before reading the books, I saw it on my Birthday. It made me want to read the books, I went out the next weekend to Target and bought Eldest and began reading it. I got confused a little bit. But only when it came to why Roren would returned to the Village because in the film he was fleeing the draft. I then waited for Brisingr to come out, and while I waited I went back and read Eragon. I give the movie a 7/8.5. Or in my rating scale I gave it a B.

    • Bruce Lee Hevener

      Im glad you watched before you read the books. As a devoted follower of paolini and his books, i had to say that this movie was total garbage.

  • Silvia Piñeiro Fernández

    Well, I watched Eragon in the cinema with my parents. I was 16 years old and I was so excited for the film… They’re my favorite books. The film was nice but it has a lot of mistakes and I felt a bit angry after seeing it. They removed too many important things of the plot and it’s imposible to continue the films. My rate was 6.

    I would love to see a reboot of the franchise but I really don’t know if it will happen someday.

    • My fingers are crossed that it’ll happen. I think each successful fantasy film, adaptation, and TV show brings us closer to that being a reality. The Inheritance Cycle is still a hot property all these years later.

  • I’ve wanted to record an audio commentary track since the day I saw the film at the London premiere. That day has finally come. I am giddy!

  • Mike Wrench

    The thing that went right was the actors, who were great (big fan of Eragon in Downton Abbey) – the thing that probably went wrong was the mutilation of the plot and, for me, the locations; Tronjheim was underwhelming.

    • I wasn’t a huge fan of the actors – Ed was okay as Eragon, I think Christopher Eagen would have made a better Eragon than Roran. John Malkovich’s casting as Galbatorix was awful. Jeremy Irons was an okay Brom, but not how I pictured him.

      I think they really botched the races, which took away a lot of the depth of the epic fantasy world Eragon takes place in. The Urgals were AWFUL, there were no dwarves or elves (just differently dressed humans)…

      I need to stop now before I write a 5 page comment.

      • Mike Wrench

        I thought Ed was a little too old. I didn’t mind Jeremy Irons – it wasn’t the Brom I thought of, but I was ok ok with that. I always forget about Malkovich because Galbatorix being in that film was useless as hell. Also, the Ra’azac had more in common with the main villain from the Nightmare Before Christmas than the evil beetle bird things I imagine them to be.

        The race thing is important to, and I think combined with bad locations and Saphira’s completely ridiculous growth just made it un-epic. It wasn’t sweeping or grandiose or anything I associate with epics. ALSO I really liked Alun Armstrong as Garrow. I have many thoughts on this film

    • Cody Beer

      everything was wrong, arya had round ears, the ugrals were hornless bald dudes that look nothing like what the book decribed, plus horst the razzac no orik, the dwarf’s were as tall as the adults… the only plus was jeromy irons as brom but even he didnt look like brom without the beard…