ridley scott

Ridley Scott recently turned 80 and this may be the busiest he’s ever been. After a year that saw him releasing two feature films, Alien: Covenant and All the Money in the World, the latter of which he massively retooled with a new star in just nine days, Scott is not slowing down any time soon.

Disney is courting Scott to helm the studio’s adaptation of The Merlin Saga, which follows the legendary wizard as a young man before he becomes mentor to King Arthur. It’s one of two Camelot-related projects that Disney is developing, including a Sword in the Stone remake which, surprise, Scott also met with executives to discuss.
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merlin origin story

There’s a need to explain where characters came from these days. Obviously this trend makes it easier to launch a potential franchise, but creatively, it’s not the most enticing idea. In the case of The Merlin Saga, a series consisting of 12 books, it begins with the famous wizard as a boy, with his memory erased. Would audiences rather see Merlin’s untold coming-of-age story or see the wise, old Merlin we all know? Disney is going with the former, so they’re moving forward with their adapting T.A. Barron‘s The Merlin Saga. To write the adaptation, they’ve enlisted Academy Award-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings).

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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