Deadline is reporting that Michael Matthews will be directing an adaptation of T.A. Barron’s Merlin novel series for Disney.

What’s Happening:

  • Michael Matthews, known for directing the critically-acclaimed Love & Monsters, has been tapped to direct Disney’s Merlin.
  • Legendary director Ridley Scott was originally attached to direct, but had to leave the project due to his busy schedule.
  • This film, based on the T.A. Barron books, follows the origin story of a young Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character King Arthur, has been in development since at least 2015.
  • Gil Netter is producing the film, with the latest draft being written by Chris Weitz.

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