Disney’s ‘Merlin’ Finds New Director in Michael Matthews

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Michael Matthews on set

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It has been announced that the upcoming Disney movie Merlin has found its new director after Ridley Scott stepped down from the position due to conflicting schedules.

Michael Matthews, director of the hit movie Love and Monsters (2020) which starred Dylan O’Brien, will be taking over Scott’s role for the remainder of Merlin‘s production. Matthews, who has also directed Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017) and Apocalypse Now Now (2017) has had great experience in directing adventure and thriller films. Other members of Matthews’ team include producer Gil Netter and writer Chris Weitz.

Michael Matthews and Dylan O'Brien
Credit: Paramount

Merlin will be an adaptation of the Merlin novels written by T.A. Barron and much like Disney’s other novel adaptation Percy Jackson, will follow the first book in the series which is titled The Lost Years.

More on Merlin: The Lost Years

The website for author T.A. Barron’s novels describes the Merlin novel Lost Years as:

The Saga begins …

A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.

Merlin: The Lost Years Cover
Credit: T.A. Barron

Author of the Merlin novels T.A. Barron received a copy of the script for the Merlin movie from Disney. Barron took to Twitter to share the news with fans:

Today the script arrived for the #Disney movie based on the #Merlin Saga. It’s truly fabulous! Yes, even magical. All I can say is I’m thrilled with what script writer Philippa Boyens has done to adapt this story to the big screen. And I’m sure that Merlin himself feels the same! pic.twitter.com/jHoOyRCnKp

While still in early stages of development, Merlin has not yet received a release date or official synopsis by Disney. More information regarding the film should come out in the near future.

Have you read any of the Merlin novels? Will you be watching Disney’s Merlin once it comes out? Let us know in the comments! 

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