January 27, 2014
Guy Ritchie To Make Six Part KING ARTHUR Epic At Warner Bros?
A while back Warner Bros. had different directors putting together pitches for a new King Arthur movie. David Dobkin's Arthur and Lancelot tried to wrangle Colin Farrell and Gary Oldman, when the studio rejected the $130 budget along trying to cast unknowns Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (Robocop).
Another project was a remake of the classic 80's film Excalibur, which had Bryan Singer attached but never really got it's legs. Singer went on to make Jack The Giant Slayer for the studio, and since has returned to the X-Men franchise to direct Days of Future Past and possibly Apocalypse.
Guy Richie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) was also trying to put together his own Arthur movie with Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge. That project also didn't make it too far, as Arthur And Lancelot became the favorite at the studio.
Deadline has news that Guy Ritchie is looking revive the Arthur project at Warner Bros., with a new script from Joby Harold. They will try to establish a story that will span six films in total, a rather ambitious undertaking. Ritchie will seeming direct the first installment, no word if he'll stick around for all six movies. Guy is currently working on The Man From U.N.C.L.E, a film that also took forever to get casting and budget right, before the movie starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer got the green-light.