Warner Bros. Hires Screenwriter to Adapt The Lost Years of Merlin
05.23.11 by BrentJS
With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in July, Warner Bros. (WB) will finally close the book on its decade-long, eight movie-strong tentpole franchise. But, the studio is apparently not ready to give up making movies about young wizards just yet. According to THR, WB has hired novice screenwriter Ed Whitworth, a script reader for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, to pen an adaptation of The Lost Years of Merlin, the first book in T.A. Barron's planned trilogy of fantasy books about the mythological wizard of Arthurian legends. Donald De Line (Green Lantern) is producing.
Here's the synopsis of The Lost Years of Merlin from its listing on Amazon:
This first installment in a planned trilogy about Merlin’s shadowy youth takes some intriguing twists. Young Emrys washes up on a Welsh beach with a woman who claims to be his mother. For years, they share a hovel, but Branwen tells him nothing about his past. One day he discovers that he has some unusual powers; using them to kindle a fire in Branwen’s defense, he is blinded by the flames. However, he learns to see without eyes, using his "second sight." Desperate to know about his past, Emrys, now 12, sets off on an ocean journey. He lands on Fincayra, where he plunges into a dangerous quest to rescue the island from the destructive blight caused by a pact between its king and an evil power. In the process, he befriends a young Fincayran girl and a dwarf who becomes a giant through a brave deed. Emrys also learns the truth about his origins.