In a land of film and a time of television, the destiny of a great series rests on the shoulders of a talented cast. This show?
Does anyone else get goosebumps right from the Great Dragon’s opening line? I know I do. And Kendyl and I nearly died from hysterics when Series Four opened by changing Merlin from a “young boy” to a “young man.” We’ve watched him grow up, grow into his magic, and now even more exciting things are happening with the popular BBC One series!
The fifth season – which bears the tagline ‘The die is cast’ – is currently filming at Pierrefonds, and will feature its regular cast of Colin Morgan (Merlin), Angel Coulby (Gwen), Bradley James (Arthur), Katie McGrath (Morgana) and Richard Wilson (Gaius), as well as guest stars Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, and John Bradley. The new season will air later this year, and while this is exciting news in itself, it is far from the only magic in store for Merlin.
Merlin’s co-creator and executive producer Johnny Capps has also hinted that the series will potentially be turned into a trio of full-length films and an animated spinoff show. The film version was hinted at a year ago, but little more is known about the project currently except that the show’s original cast is expected to star in it. Filming for this new project will start after the fifth series is completed, but it is still unknown whether the film trilogy will be a complete reboot of the story, or a continuation. Further in the future is the possibility of the Merlin cartoon, which Capps insists won’t be started until “the live action series ends.”
Also on the books for Merlin – according to an announcement by Bosso Studios and Shine TV – is a video game adaptation that will launch on Facebook. According to its creators, Merlin: The Game will allow “the player to become more immersed into a wider universe of Camelot” and give fans of the show the opportunity “to create and follow their own destinies.” The game opened in beta at Comic-Con, and its official launch is due to coincide with the premiere of season five in the fall.
Whew, that’s a lot of Merlin for one week! There are so many things to get excited about in Camelot. What are you most looking forward to?