Rather than park himself down for a few early nights with a mug of Horlicks and his best pair of slippers, legendary director Ridley Scott is already in talks with Disney about his next potential project. No sooner has his latest film, All the Money in the World started doing the rounds, now he’s got his eye on adapting The Merlin Saga, a series of books focussing on the well-known wizard from Arthurian legend.
The news comes from Variety who show that Scott is close to the last stages of sealing the deal of adapting the T.A. Barron books which tell of a young Merlin before he met the future king. The adaptation is being penned by Philippa Boyens, whose most notable efforts are penning both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, as well as the upcoming The Mortal Engines.
Interestingly, should this go ahead it won’t be the only time Merlin makes an appearance in the future for the House of Mouse. He’s also going to be turning up in their live action adaptation of The Sword in the Stone, as part of their ongoing mission to mine our childhood and display bleak and empty shells of their former selves. Ridley Scott has also interestingly chatted about that property but the two will not be linked.
So far there have been a few acceptable attempts at looking into the life of Merlin with not only the BBC series but also Sam Neill’s forgotten miniseries that set him on the path to be stood at the side of Arthur. How and when this take will come to pass, we can only wait and see. For now, you can check out Scott’s latest effort All the Money in the World in cinemas from today.