Stephen King‘s epic fantasy novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, is in development as a TV series at Hulu, according to Deadline. A departure from King’s usual horror fare, the novel tells the story of murder, dark magic, and a contested throne set in the kingdom of Delain and features the writer’s most infamous recurring villain, Flagg.
The pilot is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows), who is also in place as showrunner. It’s being produced by Fox 21, along with Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Bill Haber, Roy Lee, and Jon Berg.
“I am so excited to be working in the world of Stephen King with Hulu, which has such a terrific track record with Stephen King adaptations,” Grahame-Smith told Deadline. “The goal for this series is to feel unlike any Stephen King adaptation before, with this rich underlying source material, and the only true fantasy book he wrote that has kings and swords and princesses. We will honor the spirit of the book and the legacy.”
A story Hulu hopes will rival TV ratings juggernaut Game of Thrones, which just came to its end, Eyes of the Dragon has all the fixings for a new fantasy obsession. It features conspiracies, betrayals, dragons, and a family in turmoil as one ruler dies under suspicious circumstances and another is installed by those who would see darkness befall the land of Delain. No, it’s not your usual King novel.
In fact, fans of King’s more horror-tinged work might call The Eyes of the Dragon a “deep cut,” as it wasn’t as welcome a departure back in 1984 as the writer would have liked. Some Constant Readers — as King refers to his fans — complained that the writer had wasted time writing a “children’s book” instead of delivering the next literary scarefest. But at a time when epic fantasy rules our television sets, now seems like the perfect moment to dust off this excellent story and bring it to the masses yearning for more Thrones-like entertainment.
No info on a production date or premiere date just, as the project is still in early days. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as we hear more about The Eyes of the Dragon. For now, check out our complete guide to Stephen King movies and TV series currently in development.