Ridley Scott might do a ‘Merlin’ movie for Disney

Let’s see what fucked up things he squeaks by in a family film.

Ridley Scott maybe 80 years old, but that doesn’t stop him from cranking out movies a year. Fresh after performing double duty this year with Alien Covenant and All The Money In The World (the latter of which included extensive yet seamless reshoots at the last second), one of his next of many projects include something that might be seen out of character for him: A Fantasy film about the early days of Merlin for Disney, of all studios.

The Hollywood Reporter states he’s currently in talks to do the project which is based off of a series books by T.A. Barron and that one of the co-writers of the Lord of The Rings saga Philippa Boyens will pen the script while Scott will co-produce the picture along with Gil Netter (Life of PiMarley & Me), Tendo Nagenda and Foster Driver.

I’m always game for a new Ridley Scott film regardless of the subject matter. I do wonder, however, this is going to squeeze into his usually very busy schedule. Scott has said in interviews for Money that his next project will be The Cartel for Fox and that he wants to get started on his Covenant sequel not long afterwards. Not to mention other projects he has on the table such as Battle of Britain and an adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s Wraiths of The Broken Land. Regardless, it should be interesting to finally get what will probably be a spiritual successor to Legend if this comes to pass.

  • I’m down for this, but really, what I would prefer, would be an animated sequel to The Sword in the Stone.

  • Well good. To say you are a quintessential Scott fan, good. Take the proverbial soda taste test with other Scott fans, then come see me.

    You reminded him there. I reminded everyone here.

    Thank you. Scott’s films are loved and thought about and studied. Let’s enjoy all of that!

  • TheDeadFellow

    I did, actually. On his birthday.


  • Good good. They’re not the only ones.

  • Sir, hahaha. I had to remind all of his range. I highly doubt you are as big a “Scott fanboy” else you would not have used the “f” word concerning him.

    It’s O.K., you know? Just enjoy his work. No need to raise a flag, create an anthem. 🙄

  • TheDeadFellow

    Make sure it’s the Director’s Cut.

  • TheDeadFellow
  • God I gotta watch Legend in HD again.

  • TheDeadFellow

    FYI: I’m the biggest Scott fanboy around. Do not question me.

  • The DeadFellow loves Scott…

  • A public domain cinematic universe? If it’s possible, Alan Moore is gonna hate Hollywood even more.

  • I just Googled it. I totally agree.

  • Woah. No need to disparage Scott like this (“sneak things . . .”). He has shown he has range (nothing gets more family-friendly that the “rah-rah science!” The Martian).

    One of the few master filmmakers around. What? You’d be giddy if it were Abrams instead? 🙄

  • I find the lack of photos disturbing… but the news pleasing. He should just remake Sword in the Stone for Disney.

  • A King Arthur/Robin Hood crossover however! That I would be interested in!

  • TheDeadFellow

    I think he’s taking more of a jab at Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm than he was at Disney as a whole. Will need to tread that article again.

    And as I said, he might include some fucked up shit that could scar children hilariously. I mean, the closest thing Scott has made to a family film was Legend and that has fucking Satan in it (I know he’s called Darkness, so shut up) and seeing a dead Unicorn.

  • DryButSoupy

    Just a couple weeks ago Scott said he was “too dangerous” to do a Star Wars movie. But he’s perfectly tame for a Disney flick.

  • DryButSoupy

    Especially if they put a twist on it and incorporate the Welsh “Myrddin Wyllt” material. Now THAT Merlin would be an interesting character.

  • I’m much more interested in a Merlin movie than another King Arthur or Robin Hood flick.