During its initial release in hardcover by Knopf in August 2003, the novel Eragon became a publishing phenomenon in the world. The book was an instant success and has since spent 87 consecutive weeks on the list of New York Times bestseller, and 21 consecutive months on Publisher Weekly Checklist Young Adult Fiction Bestseller, including nine months at # 1. Eragon has sold 2.5 million copies in hardcover and pocket in North America alone, and the book was published in 38 countries.
Eragon is the first novel of a trilogy. The second book, Eldest, was published in the United States and Canada in August 2005 and quickly became the number one selling book in the United States. He has sold over one million hardcover copies, was number one on the list of New York Times Best Seller children, and was a USA Today Top-50 bestseller. He won the Young Adult / Teen Quill Book Award 2006.
At the time of publication of the moving image ERAGON, the novel Eragon held the number one slot on the New York Times Best Seller List for Paperback children, and the eldest was number one on the list of children of the Times Best Seller shirt connected. Book sales have increased steadily with the release of the Limited Edition elder moving tie-in books – and with the help of promotional activities of the film.
Paolini own story is a fantasy in itself. The first edition of Eragon was self-published by his family. The following year, Alfred A. Knopf published the novel worldwide, huge acclaim. Paolini, now 22, grew up in Paradise Valley, Montana – a place that has inspired many environments fantastic history. His novels reflect his personal experiences growing up in a valley of the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, like the valley that Eragon called home.
Screenwriter Peter Buchman, whose credits include “Jurassic Park III,” wrote the screenplay. Buchman, a fan of fantasy and science fiction literature and films, says he was “blown away” by the precocity of the author, his mastery of plot and characters, and its ability to create several completely imaginary worlds. Buchman worked hard to serve the richness of Paolini story and characters – and the book legions of fans – while crafting a screenplay that would attract newcomers to the world of ERAGON.
The center of the novel and the film is at once the link between Eragon and Saphira. “Christopher had this wonderful idea of a young man who develops a bond with a dragon,” says Buchman. “This relationship is at the heart of the book, and that’s what we had to translate to film.”
It was the script that attracted Buchman attention of Stefen Fangmeier. “I found it fascinating reading,” says the director. “With the fantastic aspects of the book, people looked at me in accordance with the requirements of visual effects. However, my first reaction to the matter is that it was a great story that had an emotional arc. ”
RAGON presents a mythology in which Dragon Riders had once brought peace and prosperity to the land of Alagaësia. Dragons gave their Riders magical powers, even immortality. No enemy could defeat them – until one of their own, Galbatorix, decided to take all the power for himself and cut the Dragon Riders. But with the discovery of an egg Eragon brilliant sapphire, hatches a dragon he names Saphira, the time of the Dragon Riders has come again.
Having discovered his true path as a Dragon Rider, and with the help of his mentor Brom, Eragon is determined to bring the golden age of justice once known throughout the country, if he can survive machinations of King Galbatorix. Eragon is swept into a world of magic and power, becoming a true hero to – and the last hope of – the people of Alagaësia.
Assume the title role is newcomer Ed Speleers, 18, who got the part after Twentieth Century Fox and the filmmakers conducted a worldwide casting search, which rivaled looking for a movie “Harry Potter” and included hundreds of hearings and tens of tests of the screen.
The film also stars Academy Award ® winner Jeremy Irons as Brom, a former Dragon Rider who becomes Eragon’s mentor, Oscar ® nominee John Malkovich as the powerful and evil King Galbatorix; BAFTA Award winner Robert Carlyle as powerful sorcerer Durza, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as Ajihad, leader of the rebel Varden, Sienna Guillory as the beautiful warrior Arya and Garrett Hedlund as a young man with a past.
Worthy of bearing Saphira Royal, one of the best actors today – Oscar winner Rachel Weisz – provides the dragon’s “voice.” Weisz brings performance to the key idea of the life of Christopher Paolini for the novel: the method by which Saphira communicates with Eragon. Saphira does not speak, his lips never move as they would with a traditional CG character. Instead, the dragon connects telepathically with her Rider, which reinforces the emotional, almost spiritual bond between the two characters.
ERAGON is directed by Stefen Fangmeier, one of the true geniuses of the film industry visuals. During his tenure at Industrial Light & Magic, Fangmeier supervised films such as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Twister,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Master and Commander:. The other side of the world” He won three BAFTA awards and is a four-time Oscar nominee.
For ERAGON, Fangmeier of visual effects teams use all the techniques of the state-of-the-art to create Saphira and take the audience to the magic, timeless world of Alagaësia – not forward to the creation of futuristic science fiction . Under his direction, Wolf Kroeger production design, film, Hugh Johnson, and Kym Barrett elegant costumes, give the film a contemporary twist.
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