After beating the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table into the ground, Hollywood has decided to shift their focus to his mentor, Merlin. The wizard, who’s typically portrayed as the one who shaped and molded Arthur from a naive boy to a fierce king, has mostly played second fiddle in Arthurian-based films. According to Heat Vision, that will all change with Warner Bros upcoming adaptation of the character.
Working Title is currently developing the project after picking “up a pitch from author-screenwriter Jay Basu that brings Merlin into a contemporary setting.” It sounds like another version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, that takes all the magic and mysticism of the past and modernizes it for the present. Sometimes this combination works and sometimes it doesn’t. Just take a look at Apprentice’s box office numbers. The movie wasn’t horrible but was the victim of bad timing. It came out a few days before Inception!
The character of Merlin has been used as the prototype for several other wizard/mentors in sci-fi and fantasy films. Just look at Gandalf in Lord of the Rings or Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. His presence is felt everywhere. The last time we saw him get some serious screen time was in the 1998 made for TV movie that featured Sam Neill as the title character. There’s also a BBC series of the same name that centers on a younger version of the wizard and King Arthur, but the film won’t have any connection to it.
What do you think of Merlin finally getting some time to shine?