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Peter T Chattaway

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Links to our threads on Lancelot du Lac (1974), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), King Arthur (2004), The Last Legion (2007), Merlin (2008-2012), Camelot (2011), and the in-development Arthur & Lancelot, Caliber, Excalibur, The Merlin Saga, Roundtable, Pendragon, The Sword in the Stone and Working Title's modernized Merlin movie.

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Ritchie, Hodge at Warners table
Warner Bros. is launching a King Arthur project with "Sherlock Holmes" helmer Guy Ritchie attached to direct and "Trainspotting" scribe John Hodge scripting for Atlas Entertainment and Hollywood Gang. . . .
Hodge is working on the script with Ritchie with the project aimed to be a re-imagining of the legend of Arthur, believed to have been a sixth century king defended Britain against Saxon invaders. Key source material will be Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur," first published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales. . . .
Variety, March 9

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Well, this seems to indicate that the Warren Ellis story is still floating around somewhere. I don't know about John Hodge. His screenplays have really gone downhill since Trainspotting.

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He chose not to choose life. He chose something else.

Matt

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Will Guy Ritchie Pull Sword From Stone After All And Make King Arthur Movie At Warner Bros?

EXCLUSIVE: After numerous attempts by Warner Bros to make a new version of the King Arthur legend, I’m hearing that Guy Ritchie is again looking to make the movie. This one is a tentpole fantasy retelling of the Arthur legend, meant to span six films. It was created by Joby Harold, who wrote the script for the first film. Producing is Akiva Goldsman through Weed Road, Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram previously developed a version of the King Arthur saga based on a script by Trainspotting scribe John Hodge, but it lost steam when it looked like the one by David Dobkin was going to happen.

Warner Bros got closest to a production start with Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, with Colin Farrell most recently at the center of talks to revive the project as Lancelot, and they chased Gary Oldman for the Merlin role. Warner Bros paid $2 million to acquire Dobkin’s script, but unplugged the film the first time because its $130 million budget was $20 million too high, with Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington to play Arthur and Robocop‘s Joel Kinnaman to play Lancelot. Those young upstarts were unproven screen commodities. Other projects previously considered by Warners was a remake of the 1981 John Boorman pic Excalibur that had X-Men helmer Bryan Singer attached;  there is also a Harry Potter-style take being produced by Donald DeLine that isn’t really impacted by any of this. . . .

Deadline.com, January 27

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Suddenly, turning the Hobbit into three films seems to lack ambition.

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At first, I thought his character's name was this:

 

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SIX films? Without a YA book franchise fanbase, even? Unlikely.

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I've watched this trailer a couple of times now. In spite of the fact that I generally like Guy Ritchie movies--and I really liked his last three or so--I'm having trouble feeling any enthusiasm at all about this one.

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I may have to learn another language to express how much I hate this trailer, because I don't think the words have been invented in English. 

I think my hatred for this trailer worked backwards in time and inspired me to take those Arthurian and medieval English lit courses at SVA so that I would be prepared for this moment. 

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1 hour ago, SDG said:

I may have to learn another language to express how much I hate this trailer, because I don't think the words have been invented in English. 

I think my hatred for this trailer worked backwards in time and inspired me to take those Arthurian and medieval English lit courses at SVA so that I would be prepared for this moment. 

Perhaps there's a Old Irish word that could be added to the following from EXCALIBUR, thereby turning the Charm of Making into a Charm of Un-making.

Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha

It could then be repeated over and over until this trailer (and film) are no more.

Edited by John Drew

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First Ben-Hur, now this -- how many *other* period pieces (especially those set in ancient or early-medieval times) are being shot with GoPro cameras these days?

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"I wanna make a movie about King Arthur, but not, like, related to the actual legends and myths and thousands of pages of literature about him, or anything.  Just, like, one giant fantasy battle sequence all shot in dark gray, because gray is the color of seriousness and cool."

 

Seriously, will the Matter of Britain ever be done justice by cinematic adaptation?  (Special props to Bresson's Lancelot du lac, tho.)

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Props to Bresson, but nobody has captured the spirit of medieval romance (or one of its spirits) better than Rohmer in Perceval

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On July 28, 2016 at 11:48 AM, SDG said:

Props to Bresson, but nobody has captured the spirit of medieval romance (or one of its spirits) better than Rohmer in Perceval

Still haven't seen that one, but it's high on my list!

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