Eoin Colfer’s irreverent, genre-blending fantasy/crime novel, Highfire, is getting tailored by Amazon as a live-action/animated hybrid tv sequence. Intriguingly, the challenge can have the providers of Nicolas Cage, who’s on faucet to supply the voice position of the eponymous character, who occurs to be a dragon, one who lives in Louisiana, spending his days sipping vodka.
Highfire, a challenge residing at MGM/UA Tv, has been put into improvement by Amazon, according to Deadline. The would-be sequence will function below the inventive purview of showrunner Davey Holmes, creator of Epix’s Get Shorty adaptation sequence, together with producer runs on exhibits similar to Showtime’s Shameless, Fox’s Chicago Code and cult-adored ABC Bryan Fuller sequence Pushing Daisies. Voiceover star Cage will function an govt producer alongside Holmes, joined in that capability by Andrew Mittman of 1.21, through an present MGM/UA deal.
The plot of Colfer’s January 2020-released Highfire novel facilities on the eponymous dragon, Lord Highfire (Cage’s would-be position), who is way faraway from his days because the fire-breathing scourge of the eyrie that bore his title. Certainly, now going by “Vern,” the wayward wyvern spends his days in his Louisiana swamp dwelling, catering to an insatiable style for vodka, smoking cigarettes lit by his personal breath and expressing a perpetual appreciation for legwarmer-promoting 1983 film Flashdance by steadily sporting a t-shirt that bears its emblem. Nevertheless, this existence turns into disrupted when he crosses paths with Cajun teen Everett “Squib” Moreau, who, working for a shady smuggler, witnessed his boss being murdered by a crooked cop. Consequently, Vern and Squib strike up a friendship amidst a crime-solving journey motivated by mutual survival.
Amazon’s Highfire improvement marks one other current distinguished streaming feather within the cap of creator Eoin Colfer after his fantasy novel, Artemis Fowl, was tailored by director Kenneth Branagh as a big-screen-aimed Disney movie that—because of the pandemic—finally premiered this previous June as a streaming providing on Disney+. Whereas there’s at the moment no indication that Colfer can have any direct involvement with the Amazon small display adaptation, such a notion wouldn’t be unprecedented. Whereas he wasn’t concerned with Artemis Fowl, he does possess a single credit score as a tv author for 2009 comedic crime sequence Half Moon Investigations, and likewise co-wrote the screenplay for 2014 dramedy Poison Pen.