Warner Bros finds The Lost Years of Merlin

From THR – Paramount’s option on T.A. Barron’s saga, The Lost Years of Merlin, has run out of time, and now Warner Bros has stepped up to the plate, acquiring the series and setting Donald De Line to produce. Tyro scribe Ed Whitworth will pen the adaptation, which will be based on the first two books of the five book series.

The story is basically an origin myth that begins with a young Merlin washing up on the shores of Wales with no memory of his name.

Book Jacket:

Spat out by the sea, the boy lay on the rocks, as still as death. Even if he survived the day, he had no home. No memory. And no name.

So begins the tale of the strange young boy, who having washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, is determined to find his real home and his true name. One day he will become the greatest wizard of all time, but he knows nothing of this now.

At the knee of the mysterious Branwen, who claims to be his mother, the boy learns lore of the Celts, Druids, and people even more ancient. Yet the secret of his identity seems always to escape him. To discover the truth, and the secret of his own powers, he runs away, voyaging to the mist-shrouded side of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. It is there he meets the forest girl Rhia, the brave little giant Shim, and the wicked Rhita Gawr. He discovers that the fate of this land and his quest are strangely entwined….If only he can resolve the riddle of the Dance of the Giants.

Combining all the passion, power, and spiritual depth that are T. A. Barron’s hallmarks, this book adds a thrilling new dimension to the legend of Merlin.

You can read an excerpt here.