Merlin movie on the way from Hobbit writer

It looks like we’ll be seeing a young Merlin film sometime soon

Considering how popular the BBC’s Merlin TV series was, we can safely say that there’s a lot of love for the wizard and his associated mythology. Now, it looks like we could be seeing a lot more of him, as the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit writer Philippa Boyens has been hired by Disney to write a script based on TA Barron’s The Merlin Saga book series.

According to Deadline, Boyens will replace original writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman on the series, which is set on the island of Fincayra, and follows a young Merlin and his companions (all of who have unfamiliar sounding-names) as they attempt to stay one step ahead of warlord Rhita Gawr. So far, so Harry Potter.

Merlin Philippa Boyens
Philippa Boyens will write the new Merlin movie

Still, the timing’s right, what with the Boy Who Lived being so in vogue at the moment, and it’ll be interesting to see how Boyens gets on here, having spent her last eight films (the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies, plus King Kong and The Lovely Bones) working alongside Peter Jackson. Still, we’re looking forward to it.

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