Warner Bros. Is Doing a Merlin Movie, and It Has Nothing to Do With the BBC Show. Sorry, Merlin Fans.
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:55 pm, August 4th, 2013
Remember that time it was announced that season five of Merlin would be the show’s last when the season was already like three-quarters over? And the season up to that point had been kind of lackluster (in my view, anyway), but then the series finale was really good (if heartbreaking), but also sad (and heartbreaking) because there would be no more Merlin ever?
Yeah. This new movie has nothing to do with that, but I wanted to bring it up because reading about Warner Bros.’ Merlin made me think about it, and if I have to relive the pain then so do you.
All we conclusively know about Warner Bros.’ Merlin so far is that the studio has hired Game of Thrones’ Dave Hill and Hanna‘s David Farr to write and that Donald De Line (I Love You, Man, Pain & Gain, Burlesque,… Green Lantern) will be producing. Variety notes that the film is “considered a top priority at the studio given its franchise potential,” so unless it’s a total flop we can probably expect to see a sequel or two.
Now, on to speculation: Screen Rant points out that Warner Bros. purchased and recently renewed the rights to T.A. Barron‘s YA series The Lost Years of Merlin, so the movie(s) might be an adaptation of them. Back when the series was optioned The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film based on it would:
“trace Merlin’s journey from being a boy washed on the shores of Wales with no memory and no home, to him becoming a young man learning to use his powers and ultimately defender of the natural world and eventual mentor to King Arthur.”
Again, the movie might be completely different, but I’m going to go ahead and say a Merlin origin story is looking pretty likely. Best of luck to whoever’s chosen when it comes to competing with Colin Morgan and his cheekbones.
(via: Screen Rant)