Disney may have just found their director for their adaptation of the Merlin Saga. Sources close to the film told Variety Ridley Scott is in talks with Disney to helm the project. Nothing is set in stone yet, but sources indicate Scott and Disney are getting awfully close to sealing the deal. His production company, Scott Free, is also said to be in talks to produce the film, written by King Kong and The Lovely Bones scribe, Philippa Boyens.
Merlin Saga is based on a 12-book YA series that spun off of its initial 5-book run as The Lost Years. The film is said to be an origin story that will follow Merlin in his early years before he becomes a mentor to King Arthur. The series’ author, T. A. Barron, enthusiastically praised Disney’s committal to keeping him closely involved in the production process. A live-action adaptation of The Sword In The Stone can also be expected in the near future.
Scott is just coming off the highly anticipated All The Money In The World, which made headlines after Scott’s ground-breaking decision to completely recast Kevin Spacey after news of his sexual assault allegations broke. Christopher Plummer was brought in to refilm the already completed scenes in Spacey’s place.