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Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is looking to develop an epic King Arthur story that will span the course of six movies for Warner Bros. The studio has been trying to get a King Arthur film into production for years, but it never went anywhere. Now they are looking to develop it into six films, which would be pretty incredible!
The script for the first film was written by Toby Harold, and he will also produce alongside Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, and Lionel Wigram. One of the earlier versions of the script was written by John Hodge (Trainspotting) and it was be based directly on Thomas Mallory's 15th century work Le Morte d'Arthur, which was divided into eight different books. Ritchie was previously attached to that project as well before it fell apart. The fact that Mallory's stories are basically the definitive source material for the legend of Arthur, »
- Joey Paur
Hands down one of my favourite directors of all time, Guy Ritchie might well be looking to set up a new franchise with Warner Bros., with the now-frequent collaborators reportedly looking to launch a King Arthur adaptation.
Deadline reports that, after numerous attempts from Warner Bros.’ part to get the film off the ground, Ritchie is now looking to make the movie, which is a very ambitious project for the studio with the potential to launch a long-lasting new franchise.
The movie is set to be a tentpole fantasy retelling of King Arthur, intended to span an impressive six films.
The first script has been written by Joby Harold, writer/director of the crime-thriller, Awake, and more recently executive producer on this year’s Tom Cruise- and Emily Blunt-led blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow.
Ritchie and producing partner Lionel Wigram had previously been developing a version based on the »
- Kenji Lloyd
Warner Bros. Pictures is having another go at making a "King Arthur" film after several failed attempts, this time though the plan is more ambitious.
Guy Ritchie, who was linked once before, is again said to be in the director's chair for this big-budget fantasy retelling of the Arthur legend.
Ritchie and Wigram previously developed a version which fell apart when David Dobkin's "Arthur and Lancelot" looked much closer to production. Ultimately that project never came to fruition due to the expense involved.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Nearly four years after director Guy Ritchie first became attached to direct a new King Arthur movie for Warner Bros., the project is coming together once again, with the studio eyeing a six-movie franchise.
The original project was written by John Hodge, but it fell apart when Warner Bros. focused its efforts on a different King Arthur project dubbed Arthur & Lancelot for director David Dobkin. Arthur & Lancelot once had Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harington attached to star, but it was shelved when the studio deemed that the $130 million budget was $20 million too high. The studio tried to revive the project again in 2012, when Colin Farrell was attached to star, but we haven't heard anything about Arthur & Lancelot since then.
What.s going on at Warner Bros. isn.t very different from what.s happening at every studio. Basically, everything is a franchise, and everything must be stretched to multiple films that allow for one tentpole per year, at the very least. The WB had series. like The Hangover, The Matrix and The Dark Knight reach logical conclusions, but that era is over. Now, everything is a franchise, and the next one is King Arthur, a legend that, for the first time, will be called "interminable." Deadline claims that Guy Ritchie is looking to relaunch a previously-abandoned fantasy retelling of the King Arthur legacy, one that Ritchie, producer Lionel Wigram and writer John Hodge (Trainspotting) departed years ago due to a competing project. This time, the pitch is from writer Joby Harold, an executive producer on the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow who has a number of projects in gestation. This »
Guy Ritchie is currently in production on the massive big-screen adaptation of the TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but it looks like he’s already setting his sights on something even bigger next. The Lock, Stock and Snatch helmer is looking to at least helm the first in a proposed series of six films over at Warner Brothers, the studio where he found huge success with the Sherlock Holmes films.
The first film is written by Joby Harold (Awake), and revolves around the legend of English knight King Arthur, a character that has featured in many movies, most recently in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced film of 2004 starring Clive Owen as the title character. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is producing the new film alongside Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram.
Warners have been wanting to get an ‘Arthur’ project off the ground for many years, and even the likes of Kit Harington, »
- Paul Heath
Director Guy Ritchie is looking to kick off another franchise at Warner Bros., and this is one that the studio has been trying to get off the ground for years. If you’ll remember, Warner Bros. developed a take on the King Arthur legend called Arthur & Lancelot a couple of years ago with David Dobkin (The Change-Up) attached to direct. The project went so far as to cast Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) in the lead roles, but WB pulled the plug when the budget got two high. It looked as if things might pick up when Colin Farrell then entered talks to take on a lead role, but that casting didn’t work out and Dobkin went on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming drama The Judge. Now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is looking to revive a King Arthur film at the studio, »
- Adam Chitwood
Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Warners had previously tried getting an Arthur project off the ground titled “Arthur and Lancelot” with Kit Harington and Joel Kinniman to play Arthur and Lancelot but the plug was pulled when the budget could not be trimmed.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: After numerous attempts by Warner Bros to make a new version of the King Arthur legend, I’m hearing that Guy Ritchie is again looking to make the movie. This one is a tentpole fantasy retelling of the Arthur legend, meant to span six films. It was created by Joby Harold, who wrote the script for the first film. Producing is Akiva Goldsman through Weed Road, Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram previously developed a version of the King Arthur saga based on a script by Trainspotting scribe John Hodge, but it lost steam when it looked like the one by David Dobkin was going to happen. Warner Bros got closest to a production start with Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, with Colin Farrell most recently at the center of talks to revive the project as Lancelot, and they chased »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The site writes that Warner Bros. is interested in making "a tentpole fantasy retelling of the Arthur legend, meant to span six films," and Ritchie is reportedly interested in taking the helm. The concept is the brainchild of writer Joby Harold (2007's "Awake"), who's already penned the first screenplay for the project.
Deadline also reports that Ritchie and his longtime screenwriting/producing partner, Lionel Wigram, had previously developed a King Arthur concept for another studio, but that deal fizzled out. Warner Bros. had also greenlit a version of the classic tale with director David Dobkins and star Colin Farrell, but that, too, went nowhere. Bryan Singer was also at one point attached to direct a remake of 1981 Arthur flick "Excalibur" for the studio. »
- Katie Roberts
It was back in 2010 when word first broke that Sherlock Holmes and Snatch helmer Guy Ritchie was interested in bringing to the big screen a faithful adaptation of Arthurian legend. Although the project seemed to fall by the wayside, Deadline today reports that attempts are being made to get it back on track and that plans for a franchise based on King Arthur's exploits may ultimately become six separate feature films. Joby Harold has drafted the script for the first film and will produce alongside Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Lionel Wigram. An earlier iteration of the project was to feature a screenplay by John Hodge ( Trainspotting ) and was to be based directly on Thomas Mallory's 15th century work "Le Morte d'Arthur" (which itself is divided into eight »
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