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WB looks to Merlin to keep the wizardry going after Harry Potter ends

05.17.2011
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While YOUR HIGHNESS attempted to poke fun at the "swords and sorcery" genre (to mixed success), Warner Bros. is looking to take it seriously with a big-budget MERLIN picture in the works. The studio has bought the rights to THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN for GREEN LANTERN producer Donald De Line.

The film will essentially be an origin story of Merlin, the great wizard, who started as a young boy washed ashore with no memory. He would later serve as a mentor to King Arthur. The movies will adapt the T.A. Barron books "The Lost Years of Merlin" into one epic tale.

The MERLIN project is also notable for the considerable job upgrade it gives Ed Whitworth. Just a few days ago, Whitworth was chugging along as a script reader for Oprah Winfrey. On the side, he was writing his own specs with not much success. But a recent draft was passed around Hollywood and someone must've thought he was right for MERLIN and he got the gig writing the script.

Could Warner Bros. actually make wizards cool again? I mean, they're always cool to me (ahem) but I see those little pewter collectible wizards and can't help but giggle just a lil bit.

Source: THR

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11:14PM on 05/17/2011
This would be really awesome if guiermo(spelling error) Del Toro directed or somebody with that same type of style and vision for fantasy films,if this is aimed at young adults with a pg-13 rating it could be epic
This would be really awesome if guiermo(spelling error) Del Toro directed or somebody with that same type of style and vision for fantasy films,if this is aimed at young adults with a pg-13 rating it could be epic
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3:22PM on 05/17/2011
I have a feeling this will join the Golden Compass, Eregon, & Percy Jackson group of films from kids fantasy novels hoping to be the next Potter series, but stops after 1 film due to the lukewarm audience reception of the first film.
I have a feeling this will join the Golden Compass, Eregon, & Percy Jackson group of films from kids fantasy novels hoping to be the next Potter series, but stops after 1 film due to the lukewarm audience reception of the first film.
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2:47PM on 05/17/2011
i read this novels when I was younger and really enjoyed them. They should make for solid movies if made correctly.
i read this novels when I was younger and really enjoyed them. They should make for solid movies if made correctly.
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10:49AM on 05/17/2011
This should be an animated movie done in the style of an airbrushed van mural.
This should be an animated movie done in the style of an airbrushed van mural.
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