No Merlin Spin-Off For Me, Says Bradley James

Merlin actor Bradley James (Arthur) has told the LA Times that he’d not interested in appearing in a Merlin spin-off is there is one.

Merlin showrunners Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy often teased in interviews that a spin-off was possible, though never gave any real indication that they were actively developing one. But now Capps and Murphy have now left Merlin production company Shine to set up their own production company, and a Merlin spin-off is not something on their slate, apparently.

However, after the announcement late last year that Merlin was to end with series five, Broadcast posted a story suggesting that Shine was looking into the possibility of a spin-off with new creators, saying that characters from Camelot would be featured.

Seems that Arthur won’t be one of them, though.

A Merlin spin-off, “was something discussed,” he tells the LA Times [via Cultbox ], “but 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."

But what could a Merlin spin-off be? Judging by that final scene, it could be a modern reworking of Catweazle , we suppose…

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Dave Golder
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