Merlin the Movie Update: January 2012
Excellent news! Donald DeLine, a terrific producer, has just signed onto this project. He brings huge experience as a highly successful producer – including several films that have each grossed almost $200 million worldwide (which sounds like a lot of money to me): The Italian Job, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and Yogi Bear. When I met with Donald at Warner Bros. this week, he was just finishing the final editing of his next big film, Green Lantern. I am thrilled to have Donald on board!
More good news: The Merlin movie project has moved to a fabulous new studio: Warner Bros. The Lost Years of Merlin is now at WB (the same studio that has given us, in recent years, a series of films about another young wizard named Harry).
I’m delighted to tell you that there is tremendous enthusiasm for this project at the studio, from creative executives through top management. These are wonderful people — folks who share my passion for Merlin, and who see the potential power of this saga as a movie.
We still have a long way to go. This trail will take more twists and turns, no doubt. But I am thrilled at this important step forward … and I’m sure that Merlin, wherever he is right now, feels the same!