The co-writer of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, Philip Boyens, has signed a contract with Walt Disney to prepare a movie script based on The Lost Years of Merlin by American writer Thomas Archibald Barron. This is reported by the Deadline edition.
This book, published in 1996, begins the series "The Saga of Merlin" and tells about the youth of the famous wizard, how he realizes his destiny and learns to control the abilities given to him. It is noteworthy that initially the Warner Bros. studio intended to movie Barron's works, which was going to build on their basis a new cinematic franchise, like "Harry Potter". But in the end, all the rights to the movie were bought by Walt Disney.
It is quite obvious that if the first movie adaptation is successful, the new owners will also try to create a cinematic universe based on the "Merlin Saga". The terms of work on the project have not yet been specified.
It should be noted that the script "The Lost Years of Merlin" will be the first "independent" work of Philip Boyens. Prior to that, she had only joint projects with New Zealanders Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh.
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