Nic Cage’s ‘Highfire’ Series Moves to Amazon’s Paramount+ – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Cage’s vodka-loving dragon has a new home.
The deadline includes that great fire, the television series based on the adult thriller novel by Eoin Colfer, is currently in the works at Paramount+. In 2020, we revealed that the project, which will see The unbearable weight of massive talent the featured voice of the main character, was in the works at Amazon.
The real detective-meets-pete’s dragon project is adapted for television by Davey Holmes, the creator of Epix’s Obtain Shorty TV series. MGM is the studio. Holmes and Cage are executive producers alongside Andrew Mittman of 1.21 through his exclusive production deal at MGM.
The live-action series that mixes genres great fire is a gritty crime thriller with doses of magical realism. Its central character, Highfire (Cage) is a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who lives a secluded existence in the bayous of Louisiana.
Paramount+ declined to comment.
Once upon a time, dragons ruled the land and Lord Highfire ruled the dragons from his threshing floor. But it’s not once, it’s now, and now all of Lord Highfire’s rules are his cabin in Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana. Highfire has become an old “Vern”, and by day he hides among the alligators, watches cable TV and drinks obscene amounts of vodka to pass the time. It’s not really a life, but he’s alive to live it, and Vern is willing to do whatever it takes – however violent – to preserve his own skin. When Vern’s world collides with a human teenager named Squib, who finds himself embroiled in trouble drinking alcohol for the local mob, their mutual fight for survival becomes tangled in the most unlikely of friendships.
The project would mark Cage’s first major scripted television series after dropping Amazon’s Joe Exotic project, in which he was set to play the extravagant lead role. Cage’s recent credits include Pig and upcoming movies including The old way, butcher’s passage and Renfield.
Cage is replaced by WME, Stride Management and attorney Patrick Knapp of Goodman Genow. Holmes, who has also worked on series including Shameless, awake and Processingis replaced by Felker Toczek.