The BBC fantasy drama came to a close at Christmas after five seasons following the corporation’s announcement there would be no sixth season. Merlin was a ‘re-imaging’ of the Arthurian legends with Prince Arthur and Merlin teenagers and with Merlin as a servant to the young prince.
Although Merlin has now finished reports – such as one on Broadcast – indicate that producers Shine are interested in a spin-off from Merlin. Although showrunners Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy have left Shine the company is reportedly still considering a possible spin-off. It such a spin-off were to happen though it wouldn’t feature Bradley James who, in a recent interview, has seemingly ruled out reprising his role of King Arthur.
“I think it’s time for me to hang up the chain mail, to be honest with you, and pass the mantle on to the next person who shall take on the throne of Arthur Pendragon. The post-Merlin era is an exciting time to look forward to… Variety is the spice of life. That’s the fantastic thing about acting is all the different challenges it can provide you with. To limit yourself just to one would be foolish, therefore I’m looking forward to different things that come my way.” – Bradley James in the LA Times
As well as spin-offs there have also been countless rumours of a possible film – or films – based on Merlin. It is unclear whether any film would be a continuation of the television series or a reboot with a new cast starting from the very beginning. Certainly producers of Merlin have talked about the possibility of a series of films being developed but with the television series now over its unclear whether the project will move on or not.