Phillipa Boyens, well known for her collaboration with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit franchises, has signed on to help Disney kickstart a new fantasy franchise – this time based on T. A. Barron’s The Merlin Saga books, about the early life of the wizard of Arthurian legend.
With something of a void to fill in the fantasy series realm after years of hobbits and young wizards (Warcraft is on deck, along with some new Harry Potter films, but our journey in Middle-earth is done, and even YA post-apocalyptic franchises are reaching their conclusions), Disney is hoping to launch a new title, and Barron has already created a wide setting (spanning 12 books) that could take the legend closer to a Harry Potter audience, and Boyens, who shared the 2002 Oscar with Jackson and Walsh for The Return Of The King, could be perfect for leading a expansive vision on screen. Gil Netter (Life of Pi) is producing. No director has been named yet.
The project was previously set up at Warner Bros where it seemed to be making progress, but after a couple years of silence it moved to Disney last year.
BBC America has joined BBC Cymru Wales as co-producer of the upcoming BBC One series Atlantis, which is a Merlin-like re-imagining of the Greek myths and legends, created by the Merlin duo of Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and Misfits creator Howard Overman.
This will allow BBC America to show Atlantis this fall as part of its Supernatural Saturday block. The 13 episode series is currently in production.
Tomorrow night is the final episode of Merlin, “The Diamond of the Day, part two”, and we must bid farewell to Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Gaius and the rest. But we can have one last giveaway! And congrats to Leila G for helping us get the word out and winning last week’s giveaway!
See the preview below along with Colin’s recap of last week’s episode, and watch tomorrow night at 10/9c on Syfy. But in the meantime, and even all through next week, tweet out a link to this article and include #MerlinFinale and @Syfy (you can use the “tweet” button below to easily send out the link), OR you can tweet to @scifistorm and @Syfy and let us know your favorite Merlin moments. The final prize pack includes:
- A Merlin Nintendo DS game
- A 2013 calendar
- The complete fourth season of Merlin on DVD
- A signed script of the Season 5 Premiere – “Arthur’s Bane”
Only two episodes left!
On Friday’s episode, “The Diamond of the Day, Part 1”, Morgana and Mordred prepare to destroy Camelot, while Morgana plots to destroy Emrys. Is Merlin Camelot’s last hope? Find out Friday at 10/9c on Syfy. And also check out star Colin Morgan’s recap of last week’s episode!
But don’t forget – you can enter to win a Merlin prize pack, including:
- A signed Merlin Nintendo DS game
- A series recap book
- A 2013 calendar
- A signed script of the Season 4 Finale – “The Sword in the Stone (Part 2)”
Best part – you don’t have to fill out any forms, give any personal information, or anything like that – you just need to tweet! Retweet this sneak peek, or tweet a link to this page with the tags @scifistorm, #Syfy & #DiamondoftheDay (you need all three to be counted), OR you can tweet @scifistorm and @MerlinOfficial about last season’s finale – the one that you can win the script for! It’s as easy as that! If we get enough tweets, one of you will win the prize pack! So watch, tweet, and win! Deadline is Sunday!
You can already watch the first four minutes of Monday’s Defiance online here, but here is this weeks “Shooting the Shtako”, plus an interview with Grant Bowler and Julie Benz, and a clip behind the scenes of the VFX from last week’s episode.
Here’s a preview for tomorrow night’s episode of Merlin, and another chance at a giveaway with some cool items, including an actual prop map of Camelot!
To get chance to win, watch the preview below, then tweet out this article to your followers, including the tags #Syfy and #DrawingoftheDark. You can also tweet us with those tags, and tell us what your favorite Syfy moment or moments have been!
Make sure to include “@scifistorm” at the end so we see it too! (There is a convenient “Tweet” button below – just add the tags!)
Want to win some cool items from Merlin? How about your own Pendragon seal stamp, a signed 2013 Annual book, the 2013 calendar, and a collector’s pack?
Here’s what you do…check out the preview for this week’s episode below. Then tweet this article to your followers, being sure to include the tags @MerlinOfficial and #Syfy. Also, tweet during the episode on Friday night, including those tags as well as @scifistorm…and also feel free to comment below on what you think is going to happen in the episode. If @scifistorm gets the most tweets from others by Saturday, then one lucky tweeter/commenter will get the prize pack!
So tweet away, and don’t forget to tune in at 10/9c Friday night on Syfy!
Morgana closes in on Emrys. Meanwhile, he encounters the mysterious Finna, who could help him—but is she friend or foe?
Merlin returns tonight to finish out the series! Here is a sneak peek of the episode, and tune in at 10/9c on Syfy to watch!
King Uther returns! This was rumored months ago when it was believed Merlin‘s Anthony Stewart Head was on the set of Warehouse 13, and fueled by a picture from star Eddie McClintock having dinner with him, fellow star Saul Rubinek, and Head’s fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters, but it’s been confirmed – Head will appear in the final three episodes of Season “4.5”, reportedly as a villain named Paracelsus.
The team behind the re-imagined magical world of Merlin plan to do it again – this time around the mythical city of Atlantis.
Merlin creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy and writer Howard Overman are developing the new program for BBC One, set in the city and retelling the stories of the Greek myths.
The cast was announced today as well: Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones), Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham), Sarah Parish (Mistresses, Pillars of the Earth), Robert Emms (War Horse), Jemima Rooper (As If), Jack Donnelly (House of Anubis) and Aiysha Hart.
The show is expected to debut this fall in Merlin‘s old time slot.