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Guy Ritchie & Warner Bros Developing Six-Film King Arthur Franchise

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January 27, 2014
Source: Deadline

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At one time, Guy Ritchie was looking to get a King Arthur film together with a script from John Hodge (Trainspotting), but Warner Bros. decided to go with a film called Arthur & Lancelot from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin. That project has slated Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones") and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) to take the titular leads with Colin Farrell also taking a role. However, the project fell apart when it was deemed to be too expensive. But now, the studio has their eyes on a much bigger King Arthur project, and Ritchie is back in the mix for what is said to be a story that will span six feature films.

Deadline reports Joby Harold, an executive producer on The Edge of Tomorrow, sparked the idea, and has already written the script for the first film. Akiva Goldsman will producer by way of the Weed Road production banner, while Harold will also produce with Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures. Ritchie's producing partner Lionel Wigram is also part of the mix for this ambitious new project, but it sounds like it's still early in development. It's not clear if Ritchie would direct all six films (that's quite a commitment) or just direct the first, and let other filmmakers get behind the camera for the rest of the saga.

While there's a lot of characters and interesting details in the story of King Arthur, six films is a lot for any franchise, no matter how popular. The Star Wars saga has six films and those have taken a total of 18 years to make (not counting the time between trilogies), and there's still more on the way. A series of six films dedicated to the King Arthur legend just seems like overkill. Are audiences hungry enough for medieval storytelling to warrant a six-film franchise? Stay tuned for anymore updates.

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  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller
    Considering how many novels have been written centering around the King Arthur legend... yeah. Six films would not be difficult. Here, take a gander: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_based_on_Arthurian_legends
    • Steven
      Totally, though I hope it's a grounded story akin to Bernard Cornwell's Warlord series. Though I did love the late David Gemmell's take on the legend.
  • 44dd
    As long as it doesn't delay Guy Ritchie from making a 3rd Sherlock Holmes film I don't mind.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    THAT is some exciting news! I did love Antoine Fuqua's 2004 adaptation of King Arthur. Had all the elements great script, great writing, great cast. I have complete faith in Guy Ritchie though. I know it will be done to perfection as usual.
  • Thexn
    Wow, a six film commitment is quite the period of time to be dedicating to a single project. Even if these films are shot sequentially like the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit films you are still looking at more than two years of filming and digital production prior to your first release, followed by another every year for the next five years. Seven years is a hell of a lot of time to dedicate to a single film franchise for any director or actor. Still, if they can find the people dedicated to carrying this out I say all the more power to them and look forward to further news on this project.
  • DAVIDPD
    Sounds amazing. Obligatory comment: EPIC!
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    I'm into it, but six films seems like a lot to ask an audience to commit to. I hope the world is as interested in the King Arthur story as I am.
  • Xerxexx
    But...but what about The Real Rock N Rolla.
    • grimjob
      Everytime I see a heading with his name attached to a different project, that's the first thought that comes to mind. A damn shame, I really love those characters. I know it will never happen, but I will NEVER stop hoping.
      • Xerxexx
        :(
  • Avi
    I don't get it why directors will commit themselves for such a long time filmmaking on one subject. Cameron, Peter Jackson etc! There allot of good stories out there to be told! And I still don't get it why the hyperion books of Dan Simmons are not being used for making the best science fiction saga of all time! It's the best story ever....
  • Dearsleazy
    On second thoughts let's not go to Camelot, tis a silly place.
  • dbucks
    If they can expand the story to six films, and yet maintain the essence of the movie Excaliber, then count me in.
    • Chris Groves
      I agree. The 2004 King Arthur was alright, but Excalibur has been the sort of 'definitive' version for me. I always thought that the Arthur legend could span multiple films and be really great. I mean, Excalibur was a very long, rather dense film. I think they did that 'Marlin' mini-series years ago, STARZ started a 'Camelot' series that lasted a season. There is plenty of room to fill out this story and make it work as a franchise. Truthfully, I've always wondered why more studios didn't pursue mythology to tell mult-film franchises. I mean, the mold of Greek mythology could easily be fitting into a 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' type of structure.

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