Warren Ellis Writing a New King Arthur Movie Called Excalibur

July 27, 2009

Warren Ellis

Although Comic-Con has officially wrapped up, there is still plenty of news coming out of there. One story that slipped through the cracks comes from prolific comic book author Warren Ellis, who announces on his own official blog that he's writing a new script for Hollywood Gang, the producers of 300, called Excalibur that's about King Arthur. He doesn't give too many more details, but does say that his treatment is called "Untitled Arthurian Project" and that he's "working directly with Gianni Nunnari, Oliver Kramer and Craig Flores." Hollywood Gang also recently optioned Ellis' graphic novel Ocean. Read on for more.

Here's the thing about this. Ellis says that at Hollywood Gang, it's called Excalibur, and he links to this article on Wikipedia. So is this a remake of John Boorman's 1981 King Arthur movie? Or just a re-imagining or something else entirely? I'm not entirely sure, but it could be good, especially coming from Warren Ellis, who not only is behind the "G.I. Joe: Resolute" TV show but has also written comics like Excalibur (the X-Men offshoot), Thor, and Dr. Strange. That old Excalibur movie is pretty much the same King Arthur story that we all know. I'll be very curious to see how Ellis' take might differ from everything we've seen.

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John Boorman's King Arthur was great, so if it does prove to be a remake I'll check it out. If it is a re-imagining I'll still check it out. But to be honest I'd rarther him come up with his own style of Arthur and not re-attempt to creat one bases off of Boorman's.

xerxex on Jul 27, 2009


yes but it's another movie that was good enough for the time and now so it doesn't need a reboot.

cat on Jul 27, 2009


OMG, I hope its the Marvel Comic Excalibur 🙂 Or; Camelot 3000

David Banner on Jul 27, 2009


the warlord chronicles by bernard cornwell tells an amazing rendition of the Arthur tale, I would love to see that made into a movie. Completely blows away any other arthur retellings

matt on Jul 27, 2009


Good god they need to stop retelling these same stories over and over. Excalibur, Robin Hood, Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde etc

jules on Jul 27, 2009


could not care any less. done way too many times

Dan W on Jul 28, 2009


i agree with number 3,it should fucking be marvel comic excalibur that would be fucking awesome come on who else doesn't want to see captain britain,the phoenix,nightcrawler & so on.

zetsu on Jul 28, 2009


Please no more King Arthur whack tales -- NOBODY can equal visionary Director John Boorman's EXCALIBER

Ajax on Aug 2, 2010


Boorman took his from Sir Mallory's book, so it's not original either, I love all the different versions of the Arthurian story.

Kingleoncouer on Jan 7, 2012

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