Working Title Conjuring a Contemporary 'Merlin' for Big Screen
For almost an entire decade, young wizards have dominated the big screen thanks to the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise. Sure Gandalf the Grey/White threw down to give old wizards a good name for a few years, but his roots can be linked to a wizard that is from the times and legends of King Arthur. Without Merlin, the iconic magic man, there would be no Gandalf or Albus Dumbledore. As Harry Potter's journey comes to an end on the big screen, Heat Vision reports Working Title is developing a contemporary take on the magician that will bring the legendary wizard into a modern setting. Isn't the iPhone magical enough?
In all seriousness though, we don't really know what to expect from a modern set tale featuring Merlin, because details are being kept under tight wraps. However, we do know that author/screenwriter Jay Basu is behind this new iteration of the famed wizard. Since his feature film experience is limited to the 2006 film Song of Songs (which I've never even heard of), that's not much to inspire excitement. If anything, I'm somewhat interested, because I enjoyed Disney's portrayal of classic magic in a modern world with The Sorcerer's Apprentice, even if audiences didn't find their way to theaters to make it a huge success. The question is whether this can outdo the version starring Sam Neill from back in the day. We'll try to keep you posted as more information on this project becomes available.