Rings Scribe To Pen Young Merlin Movie

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.

Source: Deadline