In May of 2020, after a large effort from fans of the Percy Jackson book series as well as the author of the series Rick Riordan pushing for the #DisneyAdaptPercyJackson movement, Disney announced a TV series based on the beloved middle-grade novel series. So why is this relevant to the title? Well, let me explain why Disney+ should #RemakeEragon.
Expanding The Selection Of Originals Available
If Disney decides to #RemakeEragon it would be a great fantasy series that would help even out Disney+’s slate of original series, which is currently heavy on series based on the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises. Eragon would sit alongside other Disney+ original fantasy series Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Willow and The Beauty and The Beast prequel series Little Town. Eragon would also be a huge potential series about a young farm boy who becomes the last of the extinct Dragon Riders after he discovers a lone dragon egg.
Huge Merchandise Capabilities
Similar to other franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, there are millions if not billions of potential dollars to be made off the merchandise and theme-park attractions across the world. Disney is a master of selling merchandise to kids through their many brands like Disney Princess, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an increased demand for action figures, Lego sets, plushies and clothing of characters and moments from the Eragon TV series if it was made.
They’re Giving Percy Jackson Another Go So Why Not Remake Eragon Too?
As mentioned at the start of this article, after a significant push from fans and the author of the Percy Jackson series Disney ended up greenlighting a pilot and writers room for an adaption. Eragon was adapted into a movie in 2006 by 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), but the movie was received less than favourably by critics and fans. If Disney were smart, they would greenlight a new Eragon series and give Christopher Paolini (the author of Eragon) full creative control to make the series as close to the original novels.
This weekend, Christopher Paolini even got involved in the online movement to get a Disney+ series.
And he has been retweeting fans requests to get Disney to take notice.
Eragon has the potential to become a huge hit if Disney greenlights a reboot series and gives the original author Paolini full creative control to capture the magic of his original work. In addition, Disney+ could provide a large with enough budget and a wide enough global reach to not only entertain existing Eragon fans but create millions of new ones around the globe as well.
What do you think? Should Disney #RemakeEragon for Disney+?
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