With the discharge of Alien: Covenant and All the Money in the World, the latter of which noticed Kevin Spacey being changed by Christopher Plummer on the final minute, director Ridley Scott had an eventful 2017. Now after working within the sci-fi and crime thriller genres, it appears just like the filmmaker is leaning in the direction of the realm of fantasy for his subsequent venture, as it has been reported that Scott is being eyed to direct a movie adaptation of The Merlin Saga sequence of books written by T.A. Barron.
Whereas a deal hasn’t been closed but, Variety experiences that Ridley Scott is in talks to helm The Merlin Saga, and sources who’re “near the state of affairs” consider that this will probably be Scott’s subsequent film. The Merlin Saga was initially introduced to be in growth again in November 2015, and Philippa Boyen continues to be hooked up because the script author. Together with Scott’s potential involvement as director, his manufacturing firm, Scott Free, is in negotiations to supply with Gil Netter. That is the second Merlin-related film that Disney has in growth, the opposite being The Sword in the Stone, a dwell motion remake of the 1963 animated film.
Though he is primarily referred to as being a key supporting character within the King Arthur legend, Merlin has been the main characters in lots of his personal tales, just like the 1998 miniseries starring Sam Neill and the BBC TV series starring Colin Morgan that ran for 5 seasons. The Merlin Saga tells the story of how the eponymous wizard discovered the best way to use magic in his youthful years and have become the highly effective man who would someday mentor King Arthur. The sequence was initially comprised of 5 books, which had been collectively titled The Misplaced Years of Merlin. T.A. Barron then revealed The Nice Tree of Avalon trilogy, after which wrote the Merlin’s Dragon trilogy, which takes place in between the previous two sequence. The 12th and to this point ultimate installment of The Merlin Saga, an encyclopedia known as Merlin: The Ebook of Magic, was revealed in 2011.
Assuming Ridley Scott and Disney work out a deal, The Merlin Saga can be Scott’s second time directing a pure fantasy film (the primary being 1985’s Legend), though he has helmed medieval-set films extra just lately, like Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood. Together with The Merlin Saga on his radar, Scott is engaged on an Alien: Covenant sequel, although as talked about earlier than, it seems like he would deal with Merlin’s origin story earlier than returning to the world of Xenomorphs and androids (assuming that movie happens at all). As a result of there are such a lot of books in The Merlin Saga, relying on how profitable this preliminary film is, this might flip into one other franchise that Disney might market in the direction of youthful and older moviegoers alike, just like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Keep tuned to CinemaBlend for extra updates on The Merlin Saga and Ridley Scott’s different tasks. Within the meantime, you possibly can check out our 2018 premiere guide to see what’s hitting theaters this yr.