SyFy Looks Through The Eyes of the Dragon
Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this week that SyFy network announced its intentions to adapt Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon as a miniseries. The 1985 novel is a unique addition to the work of King. It is a fairy tale with a targeted audience of younger readers. The story was written specifically for Naomi, King’s daughter. Although it has a few adult elements, it is primarily a story of kings, princes, magicians and times past.
The Eyes of the Dragon is the story of two princes, Peter and Thomas, set in the kingdom of Delain. After King Roland is killed, a struggle for the throne begins. King Roland is not Roland of Gilead from the Dark Tower series. However, this story has elements that appear in the series including Peter’s hunt for an evil magician.
Most notably, Randall Flagg is a key character in the story and in other works of King. Flagg is the evil magician referred to in the last paragraph. He is most well known as the Walkin’ Dude in The Stand (1978), but also appears in Hearts In Atlantis (1999). The kingdom of Delain is identified as Flagg’s hometown in volume seven of the Dark Tower series.
We can look forward to more information about the actors and directors selected for this upcoming King adaptation. I will keep you updated on the progress of the new miniseries as it becomes available. It appears that SyFy has become the new home for the film-television work of Stephen King.