Ridley Scott May Take On Merlin Movie For Disney
A popular book series about King Arthur's mentor might become a Ridley Scott film at Disney!
Merlin Movie May Come From Disney & Ridley Scott!
Director of such hits as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, The Martian, and Robin Hood, Ridley Scott is now in talks to team with Disney and direct their adaptation of The Merlin Saga. Based on the books by T.A Barron, the series charts the origin of the young Merlin, who goes on to become the wise mentor in the classic King Arthur myth. Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings scribe Philippa Boyens will write the script. Scott’s production company Scott Free is also in negotiations to produce alongside Bil Netter. Per Variety, the deal hasn’t closed but insiders expect this to be Scott’s next movie which is surprising as the filmmaker has also been developing a number of other projects, including an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s crime epic The Cartel, a film depicting the Battle of Britain, and a possible Alien: Covenant sequel. Variety’s report notes that Scott also met with Disney execs for their live-action The Sword in the Stone remake. The project would certainly be something different for the filmmaker, who hasn’t done much in the way of family friendly filmmaking throughout his career.
The plot synopsis for The Merlin Saga: Book 1 - The Lost Years of Merlin is:
A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.