Yes, you read that right. Nic Cage is to play a dragon. According to Deadline Paramount+ has picked up the rights to a series adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Highfire, taking it from Amazon.
Colfer is the author behind the much-loved Artemis Fowl children’s books. Highfire is, intriguingly, pitched as True Detective-meets-Pete’s Dragon. This is apparently, and most-definitely, not a children’s book. According to the blurb:
“Something incredible is going on in a little slice of Louisiana heaven named ‘Petite Bateau’. Death, deception and a dragon silently extend their tendrils throughout the swamp and only the smartest, or perhaps in some cases the downright stupid, will survive to see the incoming wave of morning tourists across the bayou.
There are three characters whose destinies, luck or whatever-you-choose-to-call-it collide to create a story so unbelievable that not even the goddamn Ghostbusters are gonna take this call. Enter, swamp right: Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Lord Highfire (but he mostly goes by Vern these days).”
When dragons once ruled the earth, Lord Highfire (Cage) was king of the dragons. Now, however, all Highfire rules over is his shack in a swamp in the bayous of Louisiana.
He now goes by the name ‘Vern’ and spends his days hiding out among the alligators, watching cable TV. He is addicted to the movie Flashdance. He also drinks obscene amounts of vodka and only uses his flame to light cigarettes. He is prepared to do whatever it takes, even if that means violence, to protect his own hide.
When he is discovered by Squib, a teenager mixed up in running moonshine for the local mob, their mutual fight for survival becomes an unlikely friendship.
Cage will executive produce with Andrew Mittman and Davey Holmes (Shameless). MGM/UA Television are providing the production horsepower.