Disney, apparently unsatisfied owning the Marvel universe, the Star Wars galaxy, The Muppets, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Pixar, has decided what they really need is another massive movie series. So they’ve just hired The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens (who co-wrote with Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson) to adapt The Merlin Saga book series for screen. The Merlin Saga is currently 12 novels, which in Hobbit-vision equals out to approximately 30-40 movies.
The Merlin Saga Movies
The Merlin Saga will go head-to-head with Warner Bros. upcoming Guy Ritchie movie King Arthur: Knights of the Roundtable for domination of the Arthurian saga mega-franchise both Disney and Warner Bros. seem to believe we want.
That said, The Merlin Saga seems more suited for younger viewers, perhaps a bit of a retread of Disney’s failed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice or a Disney moonshot at the next Harry Potter series.
Here’s what the first book in The Merlin Saga series is all about:
“The Saga begins …
A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.”
There is no chance that the Merlin of The Merlin Saga will top Merlin in Excalibur.