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