October, 2014 – Here’s the big news: I recently moved the Merlin movie project to a new studio — Disney. At Disney, it’s had a wonderfully enthusiastic reception — and I am greatly impressed with the professionalism and passion of everyone involved. Best of all, Disney is busy assembling a truly terrific team!
We have a fabulous producer, Gil Netter. Among other films, he produced Life of Pi, The Blind Side, and Ghost. In addition, the project has attracted a pair of outstanding writers, Patrick Massett and John Zinman, to work on the script.
We still have much hard work to do … but with this team in place, and the strong support for this project at Disney, I am very encouraged. And the leader of our team, as always, is Merlin himself. He continues to inspire us all!
December, 2012 – Good news — Warner Bros. Studio recently renewed its option to develop this film. That’s a good sign of their excitement about this project — though still a long way from the Merlin movie we all want to see.
More good news: As part of this process, the studio has asked a certain writer to help on the screenplay — somebody by the name of T. A. Barron. I’m delighted to have this new opportunity to help WB create a powerful, magical movie about young Merlin’s adventures! So all of you friends of Merlin out there … send your magic toward Hollywood.
September, 2012 – Just received the first draft of the script. Though we still have much work to do … the script is beginning to take shape. Most important, it remains true to the spirit of our friend Merlin.
Where It All Began – As some of you know, I’ve been working to make The Merlin Saga a film for quite a long time — 17 years (and counting). It’s been quite a journey, and it’s taken me through many ups and downs across 4 major studios. But the goal has never been just to make a movie — the goal is a truly awesome movie … or no movie at all. I’d much rather have no film than one which isn’t up to the highest levels of artistry and meaning. Merlin — and you — deserve nothing less!
Through all this, you have been with me. So has a certain wizard. And who knows where this journey will ultimately take us? Wherever that may be, I have a feeling it will be somewhere magical.