Movie News: Has Warner Bros Found Their New Potter?

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Warner Bros are no doubt more than a little perturbed that their Jewel in the crown, the HARRY POTTER cash cow, is swiftly coming to an end. So the search is on for a natural successor…

Have they found it in THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN? Based on the series of fantasy books by T.A. Barron, the first film will introduce us to a young Merlin – who wakes on the shores of Wales with no memory how he got there - and follows him through his life, exploring his powers and eventually becoming the mythical wizard and aid to King Arthur himself.

Boy wizard? Check. Mysterious past? Check. So far, so good!

Ed Whitworth will pen the screenplay, which will purportedly combine the first two novels in the series.

Hmmm. I think Warner Brothers' desperation is a little bit transparent with this one. Audiences are savvy, even the youngest of them can smell a Potter rip-off a mile away – witness the box office failure of PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTENING THIEF for evidence of this!

Expect THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN summer 2013. And if successful, THE FIRES OF MERLIN in 2014, THE MIRROR OF MERLIN in 2015, and THE WINGS OF MERLIN in 2016. Probably.

Is Warner Bros. heading for a fall with this one? Let us know with your comments below!

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+2 #3 Andrew David Potts 2011-05-19 02:38
Why would anyone ever bring up Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief?

Can't we just leave it in its cold dead grave?
+1 #2 jim 2011-05-18 17:20
I'm with Rachel on this one.
+2 #1 Rachel Collins Barrett 2011-05-17 21:31
the success of the harry potter movies was due entirely to the already massive success of the books imo, buying up any fantasy book property with a similar premise and hoping they won't know the difference is not going to work. totally agree that kids are far smarter than the makers of kids films give them credit for being.

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