Amazon is developing a new TV series titled Highfire, which is based on the adult thriller novel by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer. Nicholas Cage is set to star in the series and provide the voice of the lead character. He will also be an executive producer on the project.
The story is described as “True Detective by way of Pete’s Dragon” and it’s being adapted by Davey Holmes, the creator and executive producer of Epix’s Get Shorty TV series.
This is going to be a genre-bending, live-action series, and it’s said to be a “gritty crime-thriller with doses of magical realism.” Its central character is named Highfire, who Cage will be playing, and he is “a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who lives an isolated existence in the bayous of Louisiana.”
Here are some additional details about Highfire: “Once upon a time, dragons ruled the earth and Lord Highfire ruled the dragons from his eyrie. But this is not once upon a time, this is now, and now all Lord Highfire rules is his shack in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Highfire has become plain old ‘Vern’ and, by day, he hides out among the alligators, watches cable-TV and drinks obscene amounts of vodka to pass the time. It isn’t much of a life but he’s alive to live it, and Vern is prepared do whatever it takes – even if its violent – to preserve his own hide. When Vern’s world collides with a human teen named Squib, who becomes mixed up in some trouble while running booze for the local mob, their mutual struggle for survival becomes entangled in the most unlikely of friendships.”
I’m not familiar with the book, but this sounds like it could end up being a really cool series! I enjoy these kinds of stories and I’ll be looking forward to watching this one. This is going to be an awesome project for Cage!