DragonHeart is a 1996 film about a medieval knight and a talking dragon who become friends and team up to battle an evil king who betrayed them in the past. Draco, the CG dragon was voiced by none other than Sean Connery, and was created by ILM with technology that pushed the boundaries of what Jurassic Park did with its dinosaurs by not only being a photo-realistic dragon but also one that could talk and act alongside humans. Nowadays, Draco is considered one of cinema's most memorable dragons and DragonHeart is seen as a nostalgic cult classic, but many people don't know that the released film is in fact far from what it was intended to be.
Hollywood is currently in a phase where studios are churning out remakes and reboots of popular films. So with all these remakes and reboots these days, I wonder why no one is bringing up DragonHeart? This year marks the film's 20th anniversary, so why not have a second look at it? It isn't like no one has been thinking about it or asking for it all these years, especially after reading Charles Edward Pogue's novelization of the film and learning what DragonHeart could have been. Charles Edward Pogue's screenplay for the film was praised by all who read it, claiming it sent them on an emotional roller coaster. Unfortunately, important elements that were vital to the story were removed and for the most part, both the story and character development were neglected in favor of showing off the special effects work on Draco.
Some films have benefited from a remake or reboot. Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear, the Planet of the Apes franchise, King Kong, and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy are some notable examples. DragonHeart had a ton of potential to be the epic fantasy Johnson and Pogue had written it to be but it was held back by the CGI technology of the time, and ruined by studio interference and choices made by the director Rob Cohen.
Meanwhile, Johnson has expressed a desire to remake DragonHeart in line with his original vision, and I am totally up for it. Ever since I first saw DragonHeart as a kid, I have had a fierce passion for it, looking in Blockbuster stores whenever I could until I finally found it on VHS. It was the film that cemented my love for dragons and I still love it despite its flaws, but if DragonHeart were to be remade more faithfully to Pogue's book, then audiences could be given the DragonHeart they should have had to begin with.
For more info, have a look at my post: Why Universal Pictures Should Remake DragonHeart.
These days Hollywood is full of sequels, remakes, and reboots of popular franchises. Over the years since its release in 1996, DragonHeart has gained cult classic status. It also went on to spawn a franchise of its own that currently has a fourth film in the works. Given the development process it went through, perhaps DragonHeart was made a bit too early as CG film characters were only starting to take off after Jurassic Park came along changed everything.
With the resounding success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the films of the Harry Potter saga, interest in the fantasy film genre was renewed. Everyone's eyes were reopened to the possibility of fantasy films being mainstream and properties that could be met with critical acclaim and endure the test of time. Ever since, Hollywood has seen a resurgence of fantasy films, and with visual effects technology continuously evolving, the sky's the limit!
Please take these points into conderation and think about remaking DragonHeart more faithfully to Charles Pogue's novelization to tell the story of Draco and Bowen to a new generation and give current fans like myself the true version of the film, as it was meant to be.