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Don’t worry: An Eragon movie reboot isn’t a bad idea

dont-worry-e-movie-headerHaven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have, and now it’s time for you to add your voice to the conversation! Sign the petition here.

Just under a month ago, we released a petition asking Fox, the Inheritance Cycle’s film rights holder, to reboot Eragon on the big screen. The community responded in droves, with over 40,000 fans adding their signatures and sending one unified message: we want an Eragon movie reboot. Our petition continues to expand by hundreds of signatures per day.

We’ve released a series of articles exploring whether or not we’ll see another reboot, what Fox needs to do in order for a rebooted Eragon movie to succeed, and answer the question, “Is there a place in Hollywood for the Eragon movie?” Most importantly, we continue to back the petition and look forward to sending it to Fox alongside the incredible statistics behind our community’s response.

We’ve noticed some confusion as to what a “reboot” would entail, and concern from fans who worry that another Eragon movie isn’t a good idea after how the first movie turned out. We want to help ease those fears by explaining why we believe that isn’t something to worry about.

What is a reboot? A reboot means restarting the series from the ground up. A new team of producers, screenplay writers, director, and a cast. The studio would be starting fresh, given a clean slate and a second opportunity to get things right. In the end, the Eragon movie failed to meet expectations or catch on with audiences, and those at Fox who call the shots will have taken notice, understood where they went wrong, and if they were to try again, they would be sure to avoid making the same or similar mistakes.

Why is it a good idea? This one is a bit more difficult to answer. Our previous article answering the question “When will we see the next Eragon movie?” set out to answer this question:

Much has changed over the past nine years. Movie studios (Lionsgate, Sony, Fox) have made a key observation: staying true to the formula that made books successful will often lead to box office success. Moving away from what fans loved in the books—such as seen in Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, and Mortal Instruments—saw results similar to Eragon. These movies underline the importance of taking the adaptation’s source material seriously.

The book-to-movie franchises that have nailed it over the past decade, such as the Maze Runner (James Dashner, produced by Fox), The Hunger Games (Susanne Collins, Lionsgate), and The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Fox), all had key things in common: the authors were regularly consulted (in John Green’s case, the author was allowed to live on set); they remained in touch with the film’s fan base, working to keep them passionate, excited, and happy with the results; and lastly, the studios gave the films proper treatment, respecting their universes and avoiding the cheesiness that often plagues fantasy and sci-fi adaptations.

With ten years between the initial Eragon movie and a potential reboot, it’s guaranteed that an entirely new team would be assembled to tackle the new project. Fox would want Christopher heavily involved in the process, as constant involvement from authors in bringing their books to the big screen has resulted in successful adaptations (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.).

If Fox is going to spend another $100 million+ on Eragon 2.0, you can bet that they’ll think long and hard on their first mistakes and how to avoid them in the future. Those at the helm of Fox are (usually) good at what they do and never set out to intentionally create a disaster film. They’ll study successful adaptations, successful epic fantasy movies, and even television shows such as Game of Thrones, which demonstrate a market for medieval fantasy.

In the end, these companies are entirely profit driven, and because of that, Fox would try twice as hard to succeed, realizing that they cannot afford another underwhelming box office return and the loss of a potential mega-franchise.

How can they get it right this time around? We’re glad you asked! We have released two articles filled with advice on ensuring the success of a hypothetical Eragon 2.0. These articles included recommendations such as: rebooting the series, getting Christopher involved, assembling a passionate team, hiring a writer and director with experience, not aiming for a PG rating, not straying far from the books, and more. We highly recommend reading both articles in the series.

It’s okay to be worried. We just hope you don’t put too much concern into the studio screwing a second movie up just because they got it wrong the first time. Instead, consider our points above and focus on the idea that movie studios are profit driven, and because of this, there is major incentive for them to actually get it right this time.

Looking for more reading on potential Inheritance Cycle movies? Check out our other articles:

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Announcing our Inheritance Cycle tattoo gallery!

tattoo-article-headerWe’re excited to announce the release of the latest addition to our collection of Inheritance Cycle galleries: fan tattoos!

Dozens of Cycle fans have decided to have their favorite characters, symbols, and quotes tattooed on their bodies. The pieces are beautiful, moving, and fun to view. We’ve compiled all of these tattoos into one comprehensive gallery and will continue to add to it as more tattoos are shared!

Do you have an Inheritance Cycle tattoo? Send it to us on Twitter or post a link to a photo in the comments and we’ll include your tattoo!

Check out the complete gallery of Inheritance Cycle tattoos!

Now we ask: If you were going to get a Cycle-inspired tattoo, what would it be and why?

 

Our “Dragon Egg Hunt” has ended!

ending-headerOur Dragon Egg Hunt, an epic quest through Shur’tugal to seek out dragon eggs and clues to win prizes, has come to an end.

Visitors were given the first clue to track down Angela and a hidden TARDIS, sparking the hunt. Here’s a full breakdown of the clues and their corresponding pages:

Thank you to the hundreds of you who participated, and good luck in the giveaway! The below winners have been contacted via email:

 

The Dragon Egg Hunt continues!

Many Hunters have already managed to finish the Hunt, but there’s still time left! If you find all eleven hidden eggs and the password to the giveaway page before April 8th, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a signed Inheritance Cycle books and autographed goodies! For full details, instructions, and the first clue, read our “The “Dragon Egg Hunt” begins!” post.

As an update for those who already completed the Hunt: If you encountered the [Word Here] bug, feel free to enter that as one of your “words,” or go back to the page for the proper word, as the misbehaving egg has been spoken to! (We will count your entry if you did encounter the bug.) We apologies for any confusion there – some of these eggs can be quite mischievous!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far, and good luck to those still hunting! Remember: the clock is ticking, and once the eggs hatch, it will be too late to enter the giveaway!

 

hunt-bannerWe often celebrate Easter with exciting egg hunts through our homes, forests, and fields. Candy, money, and small toys can be found in the eggs, making the hunt even more exciting! In Alagaësia, we imagine children and families celebrate by hunting replica dragon eggs! The children who find the most dragon eggs would win fun knickknacks and gorge on sweets and treats!

We wouldn’t be true Alagaësians if we didn’t celebrate the holiday, so…

We’ve set up a Dragon Egg Hunt throughout Shur’tugal, with eleven hidden eggs to be found across the website! Each egg will reward you with a word, which you must keep (so write it down!), and the dragon inside will point you toward the next clue! You’ll want to pay close attention to each clue’s wording and make use of the site’s search engine (located below the top banner) to hunt down the pages hiding the eggs! The hidden egg will ALWAYS be at the bottom of the page it is hidden on!

To prevent cheating, we’ve passworded the final page! You’ll need to find the password, given by the final egg, to unlock the giveaway page, where you’ll submit all ten words you’ve collected to be entered into the giveaway! Only hunters providing all ten words will be eligible to win!

What are the prizes? One ultimate book and autograph set, including a signed 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon, a signed copy of Inheritance, and a set of autographed goodies! Ten runner ups will win an autograph pack, containing signed Inheritance goodies! You’ll also earn the epic title of “Master Dragon Egg Hunter”!

The official rules:

  • Using the hint below, start your hunt by tracking down the first egg hidden on one of the site’s pages!
  • The hidden egg will always be at the bottom of the page you find it on!
  • Each dragon egg will reward hunters with a word, which you must write down! Once you finish the hunt, you’ll be prompted to enter all ten words to qualify for the giveaway!
  • Each dragon egg will offer a new clue, pointing you in the direction of the next egg! Read the clue carefully and use the site’s search engine to find the page.
  • The final dragon egg will give you a password to the giveaway page. Entering the password will grant you access, and allow you to enter the ten words to qualify for the giveaway!
  • Winners will be chosen at random on April 9th, so the speed at which you enter is not a factor! Winners will be contacted via email, and if we do not hear back within five days, we will have to choose another winner.

 Here’s your first clue!

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Update: The secret, final passworded giveaway page is now properly linked on the final egg/clue page! We are very sorry for the inconvenience to all of the awesome Hunters who finished the Hunt so quickly!

Update #2: We’ve spoken with the two mischeievious eggs causing trouble yesterday! If you encountered the [Word Here] or double clue bugs, they’ve now been addressed. You’ll be able to complete the Hunt without issues. If you already participated and entered your words in the giveaway, your entry will still count! Learn more on our update post.

 

Yesterday we featured the incredible Eragon video game concept art by illustrator Michael “Rusty” Drake. Many fans were surprised to learn that the video game, released alongside the Eragon movie, was inspired by and based on the book rather than the movies, leading to a world more like the one we saw in the books. Much of Rusty’s artwork was inspired by the visuals provided in Eragon and the plot locations were driven by what was found in the film script.

More of Michael "Rusty" Drake's incredible Eragon video game concept art can be found in our gallery!

More of Michael “Rusty” Drake’s incredible Eragon video game concept art can be found in our gallery!

Our interview sheds some light on the unique process behind bringing the world of Alagaësia to life as a video game! Continue reading this article…

 

Tronjheim's Star SapphireIn 2006, several Eragon video games were released alongside the movie. What many fans don’t know is that the video game largely drew its inspiration and themes from the books, not the film.

This is because the game’s development team began production on the game long before the Eragon movie was in production, allowing them to read and comb the books for inspiration. While the final product did incorporate many elements of the film, the books remained the game’s core inspiration.  Concept art used to develop the game reflects inspiration from the source material, rather than just the film (some hints of movie inspiration can be found in several pieces).

Two talented concept artists have been kind enough to share their many video game illustrations with us and have discussed their work, inspirations, and process in two great interviews. Today, we look at the art of Michael “Rusty” Drake, a long-time illustrator and talented concept artist. Rusty was part of the game’s core concept art team and was responsible for many incredible pieces depicting Urgals and various Alagaësia locations, including Tronjheim and Gil’ead. Continue reading this article…

 

shurtugal fan fiction promo imageWe are excited to announce the launch of Shur’tugal Fan Fiction, the ultimate archive of Inheritance Cycle fan fiction stories! Aspiring writers and Inheritance fans now have an outlet to read, write, and enjoy stories by fans, set within Eragon’s universe. Itching for Book 5? You can enjoy fan-written stories set within Alagaësia while you wait!

It is important to remember that fan fiction is not endorsed by Christopher or his publisher. Christopher has not and will not read these stories, which are creative works of non-canon fiction, written and released by fans.

“Fan fiction” is a term used to describe stories written by fans set within the world of a particular book, movie, or television series. Hundreds of fans have written their own stories set within Alagaësia, varying from alternate series endings, fan takes on Book 5, prequels, dream pairings between favorite characters, and more.

Over twenty stories are now available on Shur’tugal Fan Fiction, totaling 205 chapters and over 550,000 words! We encourage aspiring writers and Inheritance enthusiasts to contribute their own stories. If you don’t fancy yourself a writer, there are many stories for you to read, rate, and enjoy!

Our first featured story is Wyrda by Galinor:

This fan story, aptly named “fate” in the Ancient Language, deals with the post-Inheritance fate of Eragon and the new crop of Riders as they find and establish a new home.  The story shows us a fan’s interpretation of Eragon and Saphira’s training for new dragons and Riders, and the journey of new dwarf and Urgal Riders as they adjust to their new roles as the first Riders from their respective races.

Wyrda takes the reader back to familiar places, like Carvahall, and to unknown places like Du Skulblaka Ramr (Stronghold of Dragons).  Wyrda is a rich, detailed fan fiction that takes readers on an adventure through the Inheritance Cycle’s already vast world and even expands on it.

Fan fiction stories are not endorsed by Christopher Paolini or his publishers. Christopher has not and will not read them. These stories are fan-written, separate from the Inheritance Cycle, and will have no impact on future stories written by Christopher. Enjoy them, but please keep this disclaimer in mind as you do so!

 

Is there a place in Hollywood for a new Eragon movie?

BromYes.

That’s the short answer. What about a more detailed look at why it will work?

Harry Paved the Way

Fantasy is in; it has been for years, and it isn’t going away any time soon. With a flick of her wand, J.K. Rowling unintentionally kicked off a successful fantasy YA revolution, both in print and on the big screen. The Harry Potter films appealed to those who previously didn’t enjoy reading, as well as those outside of its target audience – adults. Harry Potter opened the door for massive young adult franchises, both in print and on the big screen. New readers flooded bookstores, and after devouring Rowling’s series, were hungry for more stories beyond Hogwarts’ gates.

Eragon was one of the earliest to the party, enjoying a wide publication in 2003 and quickly gaining traction with readers.  From there, many other book series took off, including Twilight and Hunger Games. Studios took note and quickly gobbled up the film rights, pushing them to the big screen for near-guaranteed success.

It’s no coincidence that Hunger Games, Twilight, and other franchises have gone on to dominate the box office. Their global audiences are vast and passionate, and the team behind each film paid careful attention to the source material, author, and existing audience when creating the movie. Sure, each of the franchises’ films had to take certain creative liberties when adapting the book, but those careful, well-thought-out changes are to be expected. And that’s where Eragon deviated from the tried-and-true method used by successful book-to-movie franchises: its creative liberties were not careful or well-thought out. It ignored its vast and passionate audience. It didn’t take it seriously.

The Avengers Enter the Ring

Since the release of Harry Potter, dozens of fantasy-based films have soared at the box office. A majority of these were adaptations, proving that it can be done well and make substantial amounts of money. Marvel burst into the arena, paving the way for a superhero takeover. While not strictly fantasy, these films hit the same audience as the aforementioned series and share many of the same elements and themes. Combined, these book and comic-based film franchises have grossed tens of billions of dollars. They’re unstoppable juggernauts, and it’s time for Eragon to join their ranks.

Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Futures Take Over

We’re getting a bit tired of these dystopian movies, and we’re certainly tired of vampires and zombies. After the success of Twilight, everyone jumped on the vampire bandwagon. We saw books, films, television shows, video games, and more shoved down our throats. What happened? Vampires faded and zombies rose. With the exception of The Walking Dead, that fad has all but gone back to grave, likely due to the over-saturation vampires also suffered from.

And we’re getting there with post-apocalypse and dystopian media. Hunger Games was “the next Harry Potter,” and publishers and studios took note. They rushed to fill book stores and theaters with more of the same, leading us to sub-par films such as Divergent. But even those managed to find success, and that series continues to draw millions at the box office. The Maze Runner offered a fresh take on the genre, but we’re still left hoping studios will break the mold and venture into other territory. Perhaps…

Dragons!

Dragons have been a staple of fantasy since its inception. The Inheritance Cycle, Dragon Riders of Pern, Seraphina, Harper Hall, Dragons in Our Midst, A Song of Ice and Fire, and many more have held a special place on fantasy readers’ bookshelves. However, dragons never became a fad at the box office, and we believe this had a large impact on the fantasy creatures’ longevity in the fantasy world. The market isn’t over-saturated by dragon films, and that’s a very good thing.

Looking toward the box office, we immediately notice that there have been just nine movies featuring dragons over the past decade, with only a half of those heavily focusing on dragons: The Hobbit trilogy and the two How to Train Your Dragon films. That’s a market open for the taking! These nine films have grossed an astounding $6.3 billion alone over the past decade – and that’s not including DVD/BluRay sales, rentals, and streaming! Dragons are cash cows. Or cash dragons.

With The Hobbit having recently finished its run and How to Train Your Dragon 3 not due to hit theaters until summer 2018, we see an opportunity for Fox to jump in and dominate the dragon market. After all, dragons are more powerful than wizards, eat vampires and zombies for breakfast, and cause apocalypses. Those genres stand no chance.

The Game of Thrones Revolution

Like Harry Potter did for non-readers, Game of Thrones paved the way for a broader audience enjoying fantasy and dragons. Fans who have never taken part in fantasy franchises are flocking to the show in droves, making it one of cable’s most successful shows ever.

Playing on gritty, gory, and adult themes not previously seen in fantasy television and films, the show and its universe has managed to be taken seriously and avoid the cheesiness that often plagues media in that genre. While Eragon would avoid the hyper-sexual themes seen in Game of Thrones, its would benefit largely from following the show’s model, utilizing its brilliant delivery of epic politics, battles, dragons, locations, and character development to build a rich, mature, and gritty Alagaësia on the big screen.

A large thing to note is the fact that the Inheritance Cycle is a heavy magic world, in comparison to Game of Thrones‘ light magic world, providing a challenge for a potential Eragon film reboot: how to incorporate magic without deviating into cheesy territory, or feeling to capture a true mature feel to the world’s rich magic system. We’re sure a talented production team can figure that out.

Cornering the untapped Game of Thrones-like box office area would be a great move for Fox.

Wrapping Up

There’s a huge market ready to be conquered. The YA fantasy book world has showed no signs of slowing, book consumption is at an all-time high, and moviegoers are showing an endless hunger for films Eragon closely aligns to. We can’t help but wonder why Fox isn’t mulling the idea – it almost seems like a no-brainer.

Taking on a dark, mature, and gritty feel similar to Game of Thrones, incorporating the successful acting, special effects, and audience elements used to make hits out of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and forging a unique path of success for itself, we know there’s a place in Hollywood for Eragon.

And that place is starving for dragons.

Want to see Eragon take its rightful place in Hollywood? We do too! We recently launched a petition asking Fox to consider rebooting the Inheritance Cycle film franchise. Over 33,000 fans have joined in by adding their signature. If you haven’t already, please consider doing so, and share the petition with your friends! Let’s make it happen.

 

Have a burning question for Christopher? Ask in the comments!

twitter-interview-questionsReaders are always thinking up new questions to ask Christopher, and now’s your chance to submit a question to be included in future interviews with the Inheritance Cycle author! If your question is used, we’ll credit you (using your comment name) during the interview!

Here are some suggestions on questions not to ask (as he won’t be able to answer):

  • When will we see a new book set in Alagaësia? (Learn more about the book on our “Book V and Beyond” page.)
  • What will happen in Book 5?
  • When is the next Eragon/Inheritance Cycle movie coming out? (Read our recent article for an answer to this question.)
  • How can I contact you? (You can find information on how to contact Christopher on our “Contacting Christopher” page.)

We don’t have any specific dates for upcoming interviews, but the Paolini family releases a monthly Q&A with Christopher on their official website, Paolini.net.

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