Bryan Singer Interested in Excalibur & Maybe More X-Men?
by Alex Billington
August 20, 2009
Don't get your hopes up about X-Men yet. And no, we're not talking about the Wolverine sequel, rather the X-Men: First Class movie that Fox has been nurturing for a little while. First and foremost, Bryan Singer has closed a rights deal to remake the 1981 movie Excalibur, potentially the same remake that Warren Ellis is writing the script for, but it won't be his next project. Instead, word is that Singer will next direct New Line's Jack the Giant Killer. However, hidden in the Variety story is this tidbit: "At the same time, Singer has been flirting with directing X-Men: First Class." Thought it sounds like he's just teasing us about that.
Bryan Singer is wrapped up in a hell of a lot of projects at the moment. We most recently learned that he was attached to produce and direct a big screen version of Battlestar Galactica, news which seemed to upset and confuse fans of the TV show. Both Variety and THR are reporting that he'll direct Jack the Giant Killer next, which was originally meant for D.J. Caruso. As for Excalibur, the project is still in the early stages, with Warner Brothers sharing the rights with director/producer John Boorman. Now you might understand why it seems like that X-Men tidbit is a bit far-fetched. Sure, Fox wants him back, but will they get him?
The original Excalibur, directed by John Boorman and released in April of 1981, launched the careers of actors like Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. It also starred Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart and Ciaran Hinds. The movie told the well-known myth, in a gritty and dramatic fashion, of the young man who draws the sword Excalibur from a stone, is mentored by Merlin, establishes Camelot, loses his wife, Guenevere, to his best friend, Lancelot, and engages in the quest for the Holy Grail. Singer's Excalibur will be a more epic and fantasy version compared to Clive Owen's King Arthur from 2004. What sounds like the best to you?