Stephen King novel The Eyes of the Dragon finally being filmed

A quarter of a century after publication, The Eyes of the Dragon is in development for US TV

If you thought everything Stephen King’s ever written has already been filmed, you’d be wrong. SyFy has found one of the few that got away: The Eyes of the Dragon is now in development for American TV.

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Published in 1987, this was King’s next book after It, but fans who expected more trademark horror were a little thrown. The book begins: “Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a King with two sons. Delain was a very old kingdom and it had had hundreds of Kings, perhaps even thousands; when time goes on long enough, not even historians can remember everything.”

True fans would now zoom in on the name Delain: this novel does take place in the same world as King’s The Dark Tower. But it’s much more of a fantasy than the writer’s usual work and it’s also aimed at a younger audience with its teenage hero. That didn’t stop it becoming a bestseller, but perhaps it’s why it has taken until now to be filmed – and in 2012, the fantasy genre is more in vogue than it has been for years thanks to Game of Thrones.

The Eyes of the Dragon is being developed by SyFy and written by Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot). It’s too soon for casting to be announced and SyFy has yet to say whether it’s being developed as a one-off TV movie or a series.

Unless Stephen King writes another story that gets filmed before this one, The Eyes of the Dragon will mark the 141st screen adaptation of his work. 

So The Eyes of the Dragon will fit into a pantheon including the great Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Misery, Stand by Me and the early seasons of TV’s The Dead Zone. Plus the dreadful, such as Silver Bullet, Graveyard Shift and the last few seasons of TV’s The Dead Zone.

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You never know which way it’s going to go, but are you holding out hope for The Eyes of the Dragon?