Merlin The Movie
Merlin, the wizard from the tales of King Arthur, is going to have a home on the big screen. Working Title is developing a project with author-screenwriter Jay Basu which will bring Merlin into a present day setting.
Merlin is a main character in the King Arthur/Camelot legend, and a lot of our contemporary pop culture wizards and mentors wouldn’t be around if not for him. There is an “essence of Merlin” in many characters – Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit), Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter), and even Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars) all owe their start to the wizard.
This won’t be the first time that Merlin has been taken out of Arthurian England and placed in contemporary times. There was a short lived TV sitcom in 1981 called Mr. Merlin where Merlin lived in San Francisco and was mechanic. There has also been the 1998 miniseries Merlin, the 1981 film Excalibur, and the 1963 animated Disney film The Sword in the Stone – all stories where Merlin played a vital role in the plot.
Other than bringing the wizard into a contemporary setting, no one is sharing any plot details on the project.
Basu is repped by UTA and U.K.’s Independent Talent.