Guy Ritchie Attached to Direct Warren Ellis' Excalibur Movie?
A little while back heard some rumblings that Bryan Singer was potentially attached to direct a new King Arthur story appropriately called Excalibur. Apparently that project is just a straight up remake of John Boorman's 1981 film of the same name, and has nothing to do with the Warren Ellis treatment we heard about a little while back that more specifically focuses on the gathering of the Knights at the Roundtable. That Ellis treatment is the one that looks like it has a director attached, as Pajiba reports that Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) has been attached to direct the feature, also titled Excalibur, for Warner Bros.
This makes yet another interesting choice for Ritchie as a director who has found some mainstream steam thanks to Sherlock Holmes. However, with Ritchie looking to get Sherlock Holmes 2 under his belt, there's still some time before we'll see any real development. But since Ellis has a full treatment potentially going out to new writers for scripting, there's a good chance this will get off the ground before Singer's version, since that one doesn't even have a writer yet and Singer's future slate is pretty damn full. Of course, we have to remember, this is Hollywood, and anyone can be attached to a project one week and have nothing to do with it the next. Guy Ritchie himself dumped DC Comics' Lobo for a Holmes sequel, so anything can happen.
For those curious, this is indeed the same Warren Ellis who was worked on many different comics, including Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange and Red (which is already being made into a movie). At one point in the 90s, he actually worked on a Marvel comic called Excalibur as well, an X-Men offshoot about a group of superheroes in the UK, but it sounds like that has no relation to this. We'll definitely keep you updated on Excalibur and will let you know if we hear anything about this. Thoughts?