Amazon has just announced Highfire, a TV adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel set to star and be produced by the one and only Nic Cage. As reported by THR, Cage’s dragon is the lead character–a vodka-drinking shut-in living in the Louisiana bayou. Did we mention he’s a dragon?
Published earlier this year by Eoin Colfer of Artemis Fowl fame (itself the subject of a less than successful live-action adaptation by Disney), Highfire imagines a world where dragons once ruled the world, and still persist through to the modern day–albeit in a less than majestic form.
Lord Highfire, once the ruler of all dragons, now spends his time drinking vodka and watching TV in his shack in Honey Island Swamp. He gets dragged out of this seclusion by Squib, a teenager mixed up with the local mob. Colfer’s first adult novel, Highfire has been generally praised for its offbeat concept and unique mix of crime and modern fantasy.
The TV adaptation is being led by Davey Holmes (Get Shorty, Shameless), who is set to executive produce alongside Cage. This isn’t the only Nic Cage TV extravaganza we can expect to see on our screens soon–he is also signed on to play Tiger King’s titular Joe Exotic in a dramatized series based on the Netflix documentary’s outrageous subject.