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Ritchie may be set to direct Warner Bros's six-film King Arthur saga, but could Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro or Kenneth Branagh bring something better to the table?

There are very few classic swords and sorcery properties that seem ripe for revival on the big screen: Peter Jackson's splendid Lord of the Rings trilogy finally wiped out memories of Ralph Bakshi's brave but half-finished 1978 effort. There will never be a Conan movie as fabulous as John Milius's Conan the Barbarian, from 1982, and it ought to be a good 20 years before we have to see another Harry Potter movie. But it's easy to argue that there has never been a definitive movie about King Arthur, so the news this week that we're about to get a six-film Arthurian saga from Warner Bros really ought to be cause for celebration.

The question, however, is whether Guy Ritchie is the »

- Ben Child

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