When it comes to family-friendly movies, Ridley Scott isn’t exactly the first name that comes to mind. In fact, the acclaimed director doesn’t even make the top five! Scott is perhaps best known for spearheading the critically acclaimed Alien films. However, he has been experiencing a bit of a stumble with the recently released reboots Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. That said, could this be high time for the director to dip his feet into something more audience-friendly?
Well, if the rumors were true, then Scott could truly be heading toward that direction. According to a report by Variety, Scott is shelving his chestbursters, murderous androids and Xenomorph Queen in favor of a well-known wizard known as Merlin.
Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct Disney’s Upcoming Merlin Saga
In 1996, American author T. A. Barron released the first issue of his epic Merlin Saga titled Merlin: The Lost Years. The series centers around the legendary wizard Merlin and his adventures as a youth. It later spanned to a 12-book epic saga, which culminated with Merlin becoming the mentor to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Read the official synopsis for The Lost Years of Merlin below.
A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.
The right to the book’s film adaptation was originally optioned by Warner Brothers, but it later went to Disney in 2014. In November 2015, the studio hired Philippa Boyens (The Hobbit, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) to write the screenplay.
As for Ridley Scott’s involvement, it will remain as rumors and speculations until an official announcement is made. However, after Alien: Covenant crashed in the box office, he may as well be abandoning any plans for a sequel at this point. The director’s most recent project to date is the biopic All the Money in the World. The film made headlines after the production team had to quickly recast and reshoot all of Kevin Spacey‘s scenes after news about the actor’s sexual assault allegations broke out. Spacey was replaced by actor Christopher Plummer.