The upcoming Disney+ adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles has found its Mulgarath, as Christian Slater is set to take on the role in the live-action adaptation of the fantasy books. The character is an ogre that eats people and has an insatiable desire to consume. Still, his true goal is to uncover the secrets within Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Natural World that may be what could satisfy his hunger. Slater is definitely a great choice for the character.
We don’t know how exactly they’ll adapt the iconic book series, as they could go with a darker take or stick to some of the goofier looks from earlier designs. It’s interesting that Diseny+ is building up its own iconic franchises based on popular young adult novels, such as a live-action Percy Jackson series also in active development.
Kat Coiro is set to direct the first two episodes of the series with Paramount Television Studios involved alongside 20th Television. There’s no word on if Mulgarath will be a practical design or mostly be brought to life through CG, but it does seem like they are all in with these projects. The character was previously played by Nick Nolte in the 2008 adaptation and we’ll see what unique twist Slater might bring to the role.