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This is just like magic!

Warner Bros. Is Doing a Merlin Movie, and It Has Nothing to Do With the BBC Show. Sorry, Merlin Fans.


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)

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  • Hannah Elspeth

    The Lady of the Lake is way cooler in Malory, especially when she does something awesome and a knight goes “Thank God!” and she replies “Don’t thank God, thank me.” Also Merlin is a perv who tries to get her to exchange sex for education and who she traps within the first five minutes and then proceeds to become the primary magical force in the whole story.

    Sigh. I mean. the other sources are a bit different, but she is still the coolest.

  • Anonymous

    And that is what slogging through the painful descriptions of battle in
    Le Morte d’Arthur worthwhile.

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    The Lady of the Lake is way cooler in Malory, especially when she
    does something awesome and a knight goes “Thank God!” and she replies
    “Don’t thank God, thank me.” Also Merlin is a perv who tries to get her
    to exchange sex for education and who she traps within the first five
    minutes and then proceeds to become the primary magical force in the
    whole story.

  • Nat

    I liked the first season of Merlin. I liked the play between Gwen and Merlin (NEW TWIST) and then all the Arthur/Morgana feels (I’m sorry but Road to Avalon still makes me crey) so then the complete 180 in the finale and then whatever the hell happened in season two just grrrr. I could deal with the period inaccurate clothing (something that I really couldn’t get over in Robin Hood).
    Anyway this looks cool!

  • Kat Farrington

    I was so obsessed with The Lost Years of Merlin series as a kid. It’s sad how anxious I am about the Rhiannon casting.

  • Matt

    yeah, i cant wait for it, but a part of me does not expect them to stay true to the books…simply because they were published so long ago, but then again i think they were recently republished with new covers and what not.

    Still, even new novels have been messed up in movie format.

  • locuas

    i still call bullshit to the twits at the end (not the one related to arthur).
    Also, was WB the studio that wanted an arthurian 6 parts epic? or was it a different one?