Michael Matthews, director of the delightful and critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic adventure film Love & Monsters, has been tapped to direct Disney's Merlin, so writes Deadline. An adaptation of T. A. Barron's novel series about Camelot's resident wizard, Ridley Scott was originally on board to helm the project (previously titled The Merlin Saga). He and the studio had to part ways because of the filmmaker's overloaded schedule, which included his just-released medieval pic The Last Duel and the upcoming Lady Gaga-starrer, House of Gucci.
Matthews will be directing from the film's latest draft by Chris Weitz (Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, Rogue One, Cinderella), with Gil Netter (Life of Pi) producing. The 12-book series on which the film will be based tell the origin story of a young Merlin, on his journey to becoming King Arthur's trusted adviser and mentor. The live-action project is still in early development so little is yet known about a potential synopsis, casting, or eventual release date – but stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we'll just be in our bedroom, making no noise and pretending the BBC never cancelled Merlin. Colin Morgan, you are the once and future wizard of our hearts.