Philippa Boyens, one of the key scribes who helped bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” to the big screen, is set to pen a film adaptation of T.A. Barron’s “The Merlin Saga” at Disney Pictures.
In the books, which is said to span a dozen volumes, the young wizard is the center of a much larger story where the stakes are no less than the future of magic in the world. Gil Netter is producing.
The period fantasy is being seen as a potential franchise launcher, one more akin to “Harry Potter” than the darker and more adult-targeted “King Arthur: Knights of the Roundtable” potential franchise that Guy Ritchie recently filmed and will release next year.