Rumors of a Merlin reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (September 22) as reports claimed that BBC One confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 23/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 12 years since Merlin first aired?! (12 years, 3 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Merlin end?
When Merlin came to an end after 5 years in December 2012, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Gwen (Angel Coulby), Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James), Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Morgana (Katie McGrath). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Merlin reunion disappoint people?
Merlin aired from 2008-2012 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Morgan said he's not sure if Merlin would work today. “I don't want to see old Merlin,” he told a journalist (Morgan turned 34 in January). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Merlin movie?
In a recent interview, Bradley James said he can't imagine a Merlin reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Richard Wilson (who played Gaius) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Merlin movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Merlin film, Katie McGrath stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Merlin reboot?
Recasting Merlin for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Merlin reunion, a Merlin movie, or a Merlin reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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