Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Since their HARRY PLOPPER saga is reaching its end, Warner Bros. is searching for a new fantasy franchise to replace it, and a
possible solution could be a project they've just picked up: they bought the rights and they will do an expensive movie adaptation of THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron. According to "Hollywood Reporter" it is an origin story of the mythical wizard, Merlin, which will trace his journey from being a boy washed on the shores of Wales with no memory and no home, to him becoming a young man learning to use his powers and ultimately defender of the natural world and eventual mentor to King Arthur.

SHORT HEADLINES *Although there's already an ARABIAN NIGHTS film in the making with Chris' brother Liam Hemsworth in the lead role, Universal has decided to make
its own film on the famous legend too.  *Tim Burton has dropped MALEFICENT, the fantasy film on the famous witch from SLEEPING BEAUTY which could possibly have Angelina Jolie in the title role. Disney is now searching for a new director. *20th Century Fox is preparing a modern retelling of the famous tale about the PIED PIPER. They will somehow set the story into a futuristic fantasy thriller. As you remember, in the classic story Pied Piper helps the people from some small town to get rid of mice, but when they don't pay him he uses his magical pipe to lead their children away from the town as well.

As I announced the first trailer for this Christmas epic adventure THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SECRET OF THE UNICORN is here. Directed by Steven Spielberg (with the
second part to be helmed by Peter Jackson) the film will chronicle the escapades of an intrepid young reporter who has a nose for a good story and a talent for attracting trouble, which more often than not imperils his life! His relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. The movie adaptation of the famous European comic book features Jamie Bell in the title role, alongside Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Andy Serkis... Although the comic book on Tintin isn't known all around the world, Spielberg behind the helm should help film score huge success.But I must admit I don't like the trailer.


  1. I've never been able to warm up to Tintin. I don't think this movie will change that, judging from the trailer.

    However, the Merlin movie sounds like it has promise!

  2. I agree wit you, Debs. TINTIN is a kind of comic book which seems boring to most of people. As a kid I also tried to warm up to it, but I didn't succeed. MERLIN film should be thrilling if they choose good little actors, and not some bad ones like in PLOPPER :)

  3. ohman! that cover for that merlin book is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! i've never heard of them, but i love arthur stuff SO MUCH (and of course merlin is a fave!) so, i'm going to have to find them! :) and whoo hoo for burton not working with jolie in a movie!!! because i was really conflicted about that! and, i'm not sure about that tintin thing. i mean, spielberg is awesome, jackson is awesome, there were some pretties in the trailer, but... i felt like a kind of disconnect.

  4. Vics, that MERLIN saga has quite a lot of books, and a lot of different editions which means it has a lot of different covers too. I thought this one was the loveliest :) And I also haven't heard of the saga, but it seems it's a long one and also a cult one.

    I also didn't feel any magic in TINTIN trailer.

  5. Nah, don't "get" Tintin and not interested. As for the Merlin thing I'll be interested to see what they do with it. Mary Stewart wrote a series of books in the 70's about the origin of the wizard. Loved those books. BUT there must be other fantasy series' that would work on the big screen. Merlin has kinda been done to death over the years.

  6. Nothing here for me today. I just couldn't get into any of these.

  7. I'm always up for a good Merlin story! Hope they do it right.

    Harry Plopper...hahahaha. :)

  8. Its all about the fantasy today!! Tintin definitely interests me. Although I do worry that it may be style over substance.


  9. OMG! I have read all the T.A. Barron Merlin books that would be such a story to tell!

  10. @Michael
    it's true Merlin has been overdone, especially since we have two popular TV shows currently on that topic. But I'm guessing studios usually go for already known and popular legends and stories because it's less risky.

    better luck next time, Mary :)

    me too :)
    And I do have a habit of giving nicknames to people :)

  11. @Custie
    we do like fantasy :) and are never fed up with it :) I do agree with you on TINTIN!

    glad to hear that, Holly ;)

    it does sound like a long and interesting saga to adapt into a movie :) Welcome to HOLLYWOOD SPY ;)

  12. Hmm, another Merlin adaptation? I'm a little worried that the story might become stale after BBC's version and Starz' Camelot. Time will tell, though I'm likely to see it :P

  13. Lots of fantasy coming out. The name Tintin makes me think of that dog show -- Rin Tin Tin. No one told them that I guess. :)

  14. but then again, we can never get too much of Merlin and Arthurian legends on TV and in cinemas.

  15. @MPax
    well, Tintin does have a pet dog too :)

  16. I used to read all of Tin Tin books. They were wonderful. I hope Stephen Speilburg does it justice.

  17. Never heard of Tin Tin and this trailer makes me think of Speilberg's old 80's series Amazing Stories. Yawn! He certainly loves doing tales about intrepid little boys.

    Merlin is must see no matter what. I love the Arthurian legends.

  18. Big hugs to you for coming out to Beth's blog. You are awesome, Dez! ;)

  19. The trailer looks so serious! Though I never read the comics and barely watched the animated adventures, I know that this film is going to do something else with the story.

  20. Incredible blog Dezmond. Like the Tintin trailer too :O)

  21. @Clarissa
    he he so you're one of the childhood fans of TINTIN. A lot of people read it as kids.

    it was a very popular cartoon here in Europe, I remember reading ancient issues from before WW2 as a kid. But I never got to like it. It was always a bit boring.
    And be welcome ;)

  22. @Lucinda
    I hope it will, since the comic book was a bit monotonous, hope the film will make it more lively and colourful.

    thanks, my dear, glad you enjoyed the blog, hope to see you here often ;)

  23. Merlin Saga sounds good. Maybe the next in-thing will be Merlin, Arthur, and other fantasy/maybe historical figures besides vampires and werewolves.

  24. Still trying to re-tell old stories, I see. Okay, to be fair the stories are changed up a bit, but...