The film adaptation of T. A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin, which has been in “Development Hell” for a few years now has jumped ship from Paramount  and moved to Warner Brothers, who is fast becoming a major power in the fantasy film and video game industry.

Big news! The Merlin movie project has moved to a fabulous new studio: Warner Brothers. After several years at Paramount (surviving three management changes at the studio), 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.

The script has been written by Simon Kinberg, the screenwriter behind the Sherlock Holmes film with Robert Downey Junior and X-Men 3.

The Hollywood process is excruciatingly slow and frustrating, but T. A. Barron seems dedicated to ensuring that his series will one day make it to the big screen.