CATEGORIES Independent, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Warner Brothers, RumorMonger, Scripts, 20th Century Fox, DIY/Filmmaking, Newsstand, Dreamworks, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalAs you know, Hollywood loves trends. Be it meteor movies, ant movies, Ninth Legion movies, Easter Bunny movies, volcano movies, Greek mythology movies, they know there's no project that's not awesome enough to do in twos, threes or fours. Now we may get competing King Arthur movies because everyone in L.A. woke up and read Morte'd Arthur.
According to The LA Times, Sylvain White is currently negotiating to direct Pendragon for New Regency. Penned by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the script is being described as "an origin story" that explains how Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot all meet in Camelot. I'm not sure how that's different from every other Arthur story ever written, filmed, or sung by troubadours but ok.
Naturally, that's not the only possible Arthur movie kicking around. Pajiba reported last week that Guy Ritchie is contemplating directing Warren Ellis' Excalibur for Warner Bros, which is not the Captain Britain series he penned, but an untitled Arthurian project he announced on his blog last July. Ellis told Ain't It Cool News that it was "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." Since most versions of the story (be they on paper or screen) do concentrate on what brings the knights to the Round Table, I'm not sure what's unique about Ellis', though he's certainly not a writer to sneer at.
But that's not all! As you may remember, Bryan Singer is in line for a remake of John Boorman's Excalibur which is also at Warner Bros. (I feel somewhere there's news getting all muddled up, but I'm just trying to list all the rumors.) Plus, there's John Woo's Caliber which gives Arthur the Old West treatment, The Film Department's revisionist Galahad, and Brian K. Vaughan's Roundtable, which is set up at DreamWorks and has Merlin trying to find modern day knights to help him vanquish an ancient evil. Is that everyone? I think so, but one or two could have slipped past my radar. Is anyone remaking Mists of Avalon yet? Anyone need a script for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, because I could probably rock that.
Of course, only one or two of these may actually see the light of day. Anyone marginally familiar with the frantic creation process knows how many projects die by the wayside -- and those are just the ones you and I hear about! I think we'll see Roundtable, but I can't begin to guess who will win in a origin-story battle between Ritchie, White, and Singer, or if we'll ever see any revisionist versions survive. But who says chivalry is dead? It's alive and well in Tinseltown.