Guy Ritchie Directing New ‘Excalibur’ Project?

It seems the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ director is attached to direct a new version of this tale.

Guy Richie directing Excalibur?
Guy Richie directing Excalibur?
Back in August we reported that director Bryan Singer was set to direct a Warner Bros. remake of John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur and now, with development slowing on that project, Warner Bros. has commissioned another. Pajiba is reporting that Warner Bros. is developing a much different Excalibur project and Guy Ritchie is attached to direct.

Unlike the Singer project, which was said to be a straight-up remake, this film, based off a treatment by Warren Ellis, has a much different take on the material. Here's an excerpt from the site.

While Singer's version is closer to a remake of the Boorman film, Ritchie's possible take is more in the tone of Star Wars, and, as Ellis noted last year, his version "differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights."

Even though both projects are set up at Warner Bros., the site speculated that the Ritchie project has the edge, since Singer's project doesn't even have a writer attached and Ellis' treatment is complete. Singer also has many more high-profile projects to tend to as well, such as X-Men: First Class, a Battlestar Galactica film and Jack the Giant Killer in development.

Excalibur was released April 10th, 1981 and stars Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne. The film is directed by John Boorman.

Sources: Pajiba

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Comments (14)

  1. Josh

    I'd be pretty choked if Ritchie bailed on the Lobo movie and then picked this up right away. What happened to Sherlock Holmes 2?

    Also, @The_Fallen: You're wrong. Singer is signed on for First Class. X-Men 4 is a non-existent movie, right now. No plans have been announced to make it. movieweb/news/NEltQplodm3Uoq

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. Err

    guys on horses don't interest me, and i would say that i would watch it just because ritchie directed it but i didn't watch his holmes movie either. i guess the honeymoon is over. lock stock and two smoking barrels was his only REALLY good movie, even if snatch was pretty novel it didn't qualify as "really good"... in my opinion.

    5 years agoby @err2005Flag

  3. ParkWilliams

    Actually, I lied, a five or six part adaptation of "The Pendragon Cycle." Too much content for three or four movies.

    5 years agoby @azadorFlag

  4. Buriblazing


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  5. ParkWilliams

    If any take on Arthurian legend is to go to the big screen I'd want to see a well crafted three or four part adaptation of Stephen R. Lawhead's "The Pendragon Cycle."

    5 years agoby @azadorFlag

  6. Gandoff

    Why do the studios continue to go and do reduxs of older movies so much these days? Some has been great, some good, some very very bad. This might be a flop big time, Excalibur was a good movie. Much like Star Wars was in its day of movie special effects. If you compare Ep. 4 to Ep. 1 the you could say do a remake. But some times what the movie was ment to be is lost in the new day of special effects. This to me, is attempt to recreat the magic that was LOTR. Bad idea.

    5 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  7. the Narrator

    @jameslev, no its not. At lest not the concept. X-Men 4 would be picking up where X3 left of, or a bit later. First Class would be before X-men. Or if they went with the idea they pitched, and focused on the teen mutants left after X3 (Rouge, Iceman, etc), than I wouldn't consider that a First Class film, but milking a franchise.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. Vleoz


    5 years agoby @vleozFlag

  9. ed_wood


    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  10. Raoul Duke

    Just go watch Merlin.

    5 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  11. CaptainRumi

    A similar take on the excalibur legend like Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds would be interesting

    5 years agoby @captainrumiFlag

  12. jameslev

    nah its the same movie actually, kinda how x men: the last stand was x men 3, but anyways, id love to see another good king arthur movie surrounding the classic story with a gawain that matters and a cheating guinevere and the green knight and mordred and the lady in the lake, "king arthur" was a decent movie but it wasnt at all the classic story, thats what id love to see i havnt seen a good one since excalibur really

    5 years agoby @jameslevFlag

  13. TheMime

    This can turn out to be interesting....but if they turn 3D on this one, it won't be interesting at all.

    5 years agoby @themimeFlag

  14. the Narrator

    Uhm, sorry guys. Your misinformed. He is not doing First Class. He is doing X-men 4. They are not the same project.

    Anywayyss... I am getting tired of Arthur. Guy Ritchie is talented and all, but wheres the creativity?

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

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