For a director who recently said that he was too “dangerous” to do a Star Wars film, it’s perhaps odd that Sir Ridley Scott is in talks to direct a Merlin movie for Disney and is apparently keen on doing it. It’s intended to be the first in a series of films based on T. A. Barron’s 1 volume ‘young adult’ saga, which tell the story of Merlin before he met King Arthur. Usual Peter Jackson collaborator Philippa Boyens is scripting the first film. Merlin of course has turned up in many films including Disney’s cartoon The Sword And The Stone.
Scott has recently proved himself to be a bit of a wizard himself with his latest film All The Money In The World. He had to completely erase Kevin Spacey’s key role, shoot brand new scenes with Christopher Plummer, and re-edit the movie within weeks of release — and yet All the Money in the World seems to have turned out very well according to critics.