Fans of both the fantasy genre and author Stephen King have been majorly bummed out since it was announced last year that the planned epic adaptation of The Dark Tower series has gotten stuck in development hell, but fear not lovers of high fantasy! SYFY may just have the cure for your ills, at least on a smaller scale.
EW.com is reporting that Stephen King's 1987 novel The Eyes Of The Dragon is now being developed into a mini-series (no word yet on how many parts) by the cable network. The book is a rarity among King's oeuvre for two reasons. One, it is one of the horror maestros only standalone fantasy novels, and it's one of King's only full length works not to have already been adapted for film or television. The plot acts as sort of a pre-cursor to the main Dark Tower series, in much the same way as The Hobbit pre-dated Lord Of The Rings. There are several characters in EOTD that also appear in the DT series proper, and the novel's setting is located within the realm established there as well.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, here's a brief overview. A teenage prince is setup to take the fall for the murder of his father the King of Delain. Behind the scheme is the King's personal magician and advisor, an impossibly old "man" named Randall Flagg. Yes, fans of The Stand, that Randall Flagg. Falsely accused, the prince embarks on a quest to escape from prison, clear his name, and take down Flagg once and for all. Of course, this being written by Stephen King, it's not nearly as simple as it sounds. The project is still very early in pre-production, so obviously no director or actors are currently attached. Here's hoping that make the right choice when casting Flagg.
Are you looking forward to seeing what SYFY creates using Stephen King's fantasy world? Or will it end up being nothing but a low-budget shell of the Dark Tower project fans were previously promised?