Disney may have remade itself into a powerhouse studio built on franchises in recent years, but not all of their new movies will be remakes of their classic animated catalogue.
Deadline has word that the House of Mouse has signed a deal with Lord of the Rings co-writer Philippa Boyens to adapt the Merlin novels of young adult author TA Barron. Life Of Pi‘s Gil Netter is set to produce.
Originally titled The Lost Years of Merlin, Barron's novel series started in 1996 and have gone on to become bestsellers. The books tell the story of the fame Arhurian wizard's rise to power. The novels have been optioned around Hollywood over the years including a recent stint at Warner Bros. that came to nothing.
This will be the first solo screenwriting turn for Boyens who has collaborated on virtually every major project with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh since the first Lord of the Rings movie in 2001.