Today, Christopher Paolini released a statement on the recent news that Disney has greenlit a live-action television adaptation of Eragon for its streaming service, Disney+!
Kvetha Fricaya! Greetings Friends.
As you may have seen, there was an unplanned announcement earlier this week, but yes, it’s true—an Eragon Television series is in development at Disney+, and I’m attached to both co-write and produce! And yes, I’m extremely excited for what the future holds. At the moment, I can’t go into details—it’s still early days with regard to this project—but I can say that I’m very pleased with the team I’m working with at 20th Television, Disney Branded Television, and Disney+. These are smart, passionate people, and I’m looking forward to making the best possible Eragon/Inheritance Cycle adaptation with them.
This has been a long time coming. I can’t tell you how many conversations, meetings, and messages were needed in order to reach this point. And we’re still just at the beginning! However, none of this would have been possible without everyone who has read the books, supported the tweetstorms, and participated in this fandom over the years. So a huge thank you from me to every Alagaësian out there. You brought the thunder.
Disney will have more to say on this adaptation in the near future, but in the meantime, I wanted to confirm the news and to reassure you that I’m committed to making sure that this version of Eragon’s story lives up to your highest expectations.
And of course, as the elves would say, “Atra esterní ono thelduin.”
p.s. Oh, and did I mention that I have two new books coming out next year?
The only additional details we have at this time is that Bert Salke, who is also working on Disney’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians adaptation, is executive producing the show.
TV/streaming shows go through multiple phases before hitting our screens. At this time, it seems that the team behind the Eragon adaptation, including Christopher, will be looking to add a potential showrunner, along with producers, writers, and directors. We likely won’t hear too many updates during this process, and casting is a ways out.