Please Remake ERAGON. I’m Begging You.

Posted September 14, 2017 by Amber in Bookish Things / 16 Comments

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Eragon needs to be rebooted into a PROPER movie.

How many of you have seen the Eragon movie?  It was embarrassing. Truly horrible.  It’s not often that a book-to-film adaptation is so bad NOBODY wants to watch it, and I believe Eragon falls into that category.  The series is fast-paced, interesting, and fun.  I think we can we all agree that this is a gripping story about a boy and his dragon.  While we love Toothless and Hiccup, we need more.  Since The Inheritance Cycle is four books long, we could get FIVE movies out of this deal if we play our cards right.  FIVE.  DRAGON.  MOVIES.

Am I the only one that thinks we need more dragons?

The catch is, it would have to be done right.

What went wrong the first time?

Ugh, guys, where to begin?

Let’s start with the trailer.

I watched half the trailer and couldn’t finish.

THE TRAILER GUYS.

A quick glance through this trailer, and you can see that ALL of the casting is WAY OFF from the book.  You can see that Brom’s role has been changed, that Galbatorix isn’t even scary.  Also, it’s sort of hard to tell because of the image quality, but Saphira’s scales look like feathers.  Feathers.

It makes me want to cry a little in how rough and wrong it is.

The whole movie is like this.

What should the film look like?

Eragon presents a beautiful fantasy world.  Epic fantasy worlds aren’t easy to create, and in order to capture a reader’s attention for a series with as many pages as The Inheritance Cycle, your setting needs to be spot-on.  Paolini created this beautiful world and established the rules of magic very well.  This is no small feat for a seasoned writer, let alone a fifteen-year-old kid.  Where Paolini failed in the characters and plot, he succeeded in the setting.  It’s important to get that right in the film.

Okay definitely used that GIF because FEATHERS.  WHY FEATHERS.

As far as casting goes, even if the actors don’t look perfect to their characters, it’s important that they fill their tropes and personalities well.  This is another place where the Eragon movie failed.  Brom is a grizzled old man with a dark history that weighs on him – he should be less like a young hero figure and more like the battle-worn Bowen from the Dragonheart films.  Galbatorix is a huge pet peeve for me.  We don’t see him in the books for a long time.  He’s always this dark, shadowy, evil figure.  Most people liken him to the Emperor in Star Wars and I believe that’s a good comparison.  He should make your skin crawl.  And Durza should, too.

As far as changes from the book, the little ones are okay.  But after a while, so many little ones make you wonder – did anyone in production with this film read the book?  Screenwriters tweaked all Eragon’s details.  And I’m not just talking Saphira’s feathers, here.  I’m talking about the gedway ignasia and everyone’s appearance and parts of the plot, but the one thing they should have changed and didn’t?  Saphira’s telepathy.

Telepathy is fine to read, but really odd to watch.  Especially if it’s the only way one of the main characters can communicate.  If there was one thing I altered in a book-to-film version, it would be moving Saphira’s mouth as she speak. Or something.  Every other telepathic character in film has a shtick.  Professor X puts his hand to his forehead.  Prue in Charmed squints her eyes.  These actions tell us something is going on and it’s not a narrator.  Something, ANYTHING, would be necessary with Saphira.

The Biggest Travesty?

This varies from person to person, because honestly, the film is REALLY BAD.  For me, Angela was the biggest problem.

I LOVE ANGELA IN THE BOOKS.

She is absolutely my favorite character.  Clever and enigmatic, you never know what she’s up to.  If she says she’s just gathering mushrooms, it is so much more than that.  She also keeps scenes light, and helps act as Eragon’s conscience when he needs it.  She has a store of incredible, deep magic.  Yeah, she’s basically this badass who’s only a side character.

She’s such a fun character and for the LITTLE she’s in the film?  She’s useless.  She barely contributes anything and a lot of her best moments have been cut.  Not to mention her appearance?  Way too many bangles and jangles and coins and far too little rugged mystique.  It almost would have been better not to even include her than throw her in this weird random costume just to say HEY LOOK WE DID THE THING.

No.

WHY.

WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS TO ME, HOLLYWOOD!

*sigh*

Will a Reboot Happen?

Being completely honest with myself, I don’t think we’ll see this book on the big screen again.  As a culture, science fiction flourishes.  When was the last time you saw a fantasy film?  I believe the Fantastic Beasts series is all we have.  Epic fantasy struggles.  With The Hobbit finished, there’s nothing to look forward to within that genre.  Eragon had its chance, was handled poorly, and failed.  I’m not expecting a reboot.  There is a lot of fantasy out there making a bigger buzz than a story from the early 2000s.

It’s really unfortunate.  The length of the books will discourage people from reading them, despite the epic adventure inside.

As a side note, if you have 20 minutes and feel like getting into the nitty gritty of how this book is really good and how the film is really disappointing and useless and honestly should never have even been made, I highly recommend checking out KrimsonRogue’s The Book Was Better on YouTube.  He covers all these points and more in great detail.  And he’s entertaining.  Recommend.

Speak to me, my lovelies!

Have you seen the Eragon movie?  What did you think about it?  Have you read the book?  Spill your secrets, my sweets. <3

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16 responses to “Please Remake ERAGON. I’m Begging You.

  1. Danielle Pitter

    I’ve only seen Eragon maybe once or twice and it was…. cute. I’ve never read the books though. My best friend Kim HATEDDDDD the movie though lmaooo. I wouldn’t mind a reboot but I think I’m done with them in general, even if it would bring a dead fandom back. Or turn it into a tv show like Shadowhunters and expand on the world that way.

    • Amber

      That’s fair. The books are really a lot different than the movie – the scriptwriters, and everyone took a LOT of liberties. Like I said in the post, though, I don’t think it’d do well in the present market. But the world-building is lovely and it has the potential to be a cool magical story in the right hands.

      Although I am horribly biased and I just want to see more high/epic/any fantasy in general! 🙂 I agree it would work in the long-form format (TV, miniseries), and fantasy seems to do a little better there.

  2. I always loved watching the “Eragon” movies until the day I decided to read the first book! It’s the only one I’ve read (sadly) but I saw all that the movie was missing and I so feel you on wanting a reboot! ALSO I HADN’T NOTICED THE FEATHERS!! HOW WAS THAT EVEN A THING!? SINCE WHEN DO DRAGONS HAVE FEATHERS?!?

    ~L. Reviews by Leeve

    • Amber

      AHHH THEY DON’T THAT IS THE PROBLEM NOOOOOOO.

      I can definitely see how it can be cute out of context, but… oy, once you’ve read the books, it’s a let down! I’m happy for all those innocent souls who don’t know what they’re missing and are living in bliss! … Goes for any book, really!

  3. I saw the movie a loooong time ago and remember enjoying it (although I was pretty young, and I thought anything with magic and dragons was totally awesome no matter how bad it might have actually been).
    Looking back at it now, I can see how this movie is bad. I honestly couldn’t make it through the trailer either. I really hope they do make a reboot, especially now with CGI being so much better.

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    • Amber

      Advances in CGI leave SO MUCH ROOM for fantasy stories! Everyone love Daenerys Targaryen, I feel like we should get more dragons. 😀

  4. I watched the movie before I was a reader so I had no idea about the books until later. I always did like the movie, maybe as something separate from the book. But I know it could have been so much more. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the few fantasy movies with dragons out there. If not a reboot, I wish there were more movies being made of fantasy series instead of just contemporaries. Dystopia has had its fair chance, and now contemporary adaptations are sort of the rage. Let’s hope to seem some fantasy adaptations with dragons some time soon!

    • Amber

      I do think that seeing a movie adaptation before a book gives you a lot more tolerance than the other way around. The book becomes a treat with lots of added facts, rather than the movie being a let down. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve stopped scrambling to read a book before a movie comes out.

      Here, here! More dragons films are a must!

  5. Argh!! the Eragon movie was dreadful. I did see it, mostly out of curiosity I think, even though I knew it would be bad. I quite liked Eragon, the book, though I lost interest in Eldest and haven’t read the rest of the series, but no book, no matter how long and boring, deserves a movie such as the Eragon movie. and Murtagh was my favourite character in the book and yet was hardly in the movie and was so hastily developed. It was bad. Good post, Amber!

    • Amber

      It’s so true – as far as book to film adaptations go, Eragon really is the pits. You really get the impression that nobody read the book, and maybe asked somebody else who read the book for a quick synopsis before going in and making the movie.

      I read Eldest, but it was years before I finished the series. I went back and listened to the whole thing with my husband a couple years ago and it was the story that got him into reading (well, audiobooks). For that reason, it has a special place in my heart, and deserves a better movie, gosh darn it.

  6. Saxmei Morzanson

    I have one word that I will hold against this film forever: Murtagh.
    MURTAGH
    HOW THE EVER-LOVING &)!$!;& DID THIS FILM THINK IT WAS ACCEPTABLE TO REDUCE THIS CHARACTER TO LITERAL NOTHING WHEN HE WAS SUCH A COMPLEX AND MAGNIFICENT PART OF THE BOOK AND ERAGON’S GROWTH AS A PERSON???? HE WAS IMPERATIVE! IM. PER. A. TIVE. HE WAS NUANCED AND MAGNIFICENT AND THEN UNCEREMONIOUSLY CHUCKED TO THE SIDE LIKE A SACK OF SEXY POTATOES EVEN THOUGH HIS CASTING WAS *PERFECT*!!! I WILL RAGE ABOUT THE MURTAGH DISRESPECT IN THE MOVIE UNTIL I AM DEAD. DO YOU HEAR ME??? DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rant over. I have always been grossly disappointed by the Murtagh of the film, which was lackluster and left much to be desired.

    • Amber

      SUCH. CAPS.

      I agree – Murtagh was super important to the story and was grossly misrepresented. I’m not as attached to him as a character, though, so I think I was a bit less scandalized than you. I sense much distress here!

  7. anon

    Oh shut up you cry baby. Anyway they won’t remake it because it needs to have the original actor in it Edward Speleers. You just don’t like good looking actors.

    • Amber

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the original film! You’re right that I don’t go into movies looking for attractive actors – I suppose this comes from being a reader… we’re always looking for movies to be a little more like their original source material. 🙂

      Have a lovely day!

  8. Doug

    Honestly I think this would be better as a tv series to give the watchers time to fall in love with the characters all over again. They did that well in the books hence them being 600+ pages. And with a show like game of thrones having been so popular I think it would do ok especially with the already eager fan base. With how much story their is to tell I would love to see a series like this done right.

    • Amber

      That’s fair enough – a lot of fantasy novels really could benefit more from a bingeable television series… and that seems to be the way the world is moving, fortunately!