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Guy Ritchie may direct first in a planned six film King Arthur franchise

01.27.2014

Guy Ritchie may be interested in resurrecting another famous character but he will be going a hell of a lot further back in time than both SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.. Ritchie was previously rumored to be looking at a King Arthur movie from writer John Hodge (TRAINSPOTTING), but that fell by the wayside as multiple films have been in development with the famed Knights of the Round Table as the protagonists. Now, it appears that Ritchie is back in the mix to helm a movie about the mythical leader, this time as part of a planned franchise.

Deadline is reporting that Ritchie and producer Akiva Goldsman are working on a film based on a script by Joby Harold. The King Arthur fable will be told in what is expected to be a six film series. Not many details are known aside from the film having "fantasy" elements. This would be the first King Arthur film since Antoine Fuqua's KING ARTHUR and 2007's THE LAST LEGION, both of which took a more "realistic" approach to the legend.

Guy Ritchie's unique visual appeal worked for the Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law SHERLOCK HOLMES films, but how would it play with a fantasy epic? While I don't think Ritchie would be locked in for all six films, assuming the movies are a hit, but we have not had many films explore the full Arthurian legend. The Starz series CAMELOT tried to but it was cut short after one season. As a fan of the King Arthur story, I would love to see it get told with a big budget and special effects without resorting to mimicking GAME OF THRONES or LORD OF THE RINGS.

Extra Tidbit: Who would make a good King Arthur in such a big franchise?
Source: Deadline

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7:02AM on 01/28/2014
I can not see Guy Ritchie making 6 movies , I mean there isnt many directors who have directed 6 movies to one franchinse
I can not see Guy Ritchie making 6 movies , I mean there isnt many directors who have directed 6 movies to one franchinse
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12:30AM on 01/28/2014
Can we just get the Real RocknRolla please? I mean…c'mon,
Can we just get the Real RocknRolla please? I mean…c'mon,
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1:04PM on 01/28/2014
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
12:26AM on 01/28/2014
Can pretty much guarantee if they let Ritchie direct this it won't make it to two films let alone 6.
Can pretty much guarantee if they let Ritchie direct this it won't make it to two films let alone 6.
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10:23PM on 01/27/2014
I was just thinking the other day that it would be cool if someone did a film series or decent tv miniseries based on T.H. White's The Once and Future King. It would require different actors being Arthur for different parts of his life, but if done right it could be a really great film series.
I was just thinking the other day that it would be cool if someone did a film series or decent tv miniseries based on T.H. White's The Once and Future King. It would require different actors being Arthur for different parts of his life, but if done right it could be a really great film series.
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7:57PM on 01/27/2014
I don't think I've seen one film or series that does Merlin proper justice. Except maybe The Sword in The Stone in a charming cartoonish way. There's been some great portraits of him in literature. T H White, Mary Stewart, stories inspired by powerful old legends. I could see Ritchie do well with something like this, and if it works as well as Thrones does I would certainly line up for half a dozen films of it.
I don't think I've seen one film or series that does Merlin proper justice. Except maybe The Sword in The Stone in a charming cartoonish way. There's been some great portraits of him in literature. T H White, Mary Stewart, stories inspired by powerful old legends. I could see Ritchie do well with something like this, and if it works as well as Thrones does I would certainly line up for half a dozen films of it.
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7:54PM on 01/27/2014
Lock, Stock and two smoking Excaliburs.
Lock, Stock and two smoking Excaliburs.
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4:33PM on 01/27/2014
And I'm thinking we should do a 'Cast This' for the role of King Arthur.
And I'm thinking we should do a 'Cast This' for the role of King Arthur.
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4:33PM on 01/27/2014
Ritchie is a great director and this idea sounds all kind of awesome. With the right approach and cast, this franchise could be something epic and big.

I just want him to finish his Sherlock Holmes trilogy first.
Ritchie is a great director and this idea sounds all kind of awesome. With the right approach and cast, this franchise could be something epic and big.

I just want him to finish his Sherlock Holmes trilogy first.
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4:05PM on 01/27/2014
I'd prefer a no name for King Arthur.

I always thought they could do a four film series, where each film would focus on the life stories of Merlin, Uther, Arthur, and Mordred in that order. I don't know how they'd come to the decision to do a 6 film series though.
I'd prefer a no name for King Arthur.

I always thought they could do a four film series, where each film would focus on the life stories of Merlin, Uther, Arthur, and Mordred in that order. I don't know how they'd come to the decision to do a 6 film series though.
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3:52PM on 01/27/2014
Starring Clive Warren.
Starring Clive Warren.
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3:51PM on 01/27/2014
Don't have much faith in this idea, but I suppose I'll have to wait until there's more information to condemn it outright. I suspect that the trends in modern big-budget films will not be conducive to telling the King Arthur story, though. I anticipate a combination of Lord of the Rings style battle sequences and lots of faux "dark and gritty" posturing.

I would love to see a film series based on Bernard Cornwell's series of books about Arthur, "The Warlord Chronicles." They're in the
Don't have much faith in this idea, but I suppose I'll have to wait until there's more information to condemn it outright. I suspect that the trends in modern big-budget films will not be conducive to telling the King Arthur story, though. I anticipate a combination of Lord of the Rings style battle sequences and lots of faux "dark and gritty" posturing.

I would love to see a film series based on Bernard Cornwell's series of books about Arthur, "The Warlord Chronicles." They're in the vein of more "realistic" Arthur tales, but are distinct from, say, the 2004 King Arthur movie by the fact that there was actual research done into what realism for the time period actually meant. They had strong character development and a scope that encompassed about thirty years. I think they would make for a pretty wonderful film trilogy or TV miniseries if handled properly.
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3:38PM on 01/27/2014
Can I be first to say The Stath for King Arthur!
Can I be first to say The Stath for King Arthur!
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4:31PM on 01/27/2014
Not for King Arthur. But definitely for another role in the film. I would like to see Ritchie and Statham team up again and this would be an awesome project for them to do that.
Not for King Arthur. But definitely for another role in the film. I would like to see Ritchie and Statham team up again and this would be an awesome project for them to do that.
3:37PM on 01/27/2014
Getting real sick of these announcements for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. film series plans when we all knows it's 100% contingent on the first one being a hit. That and these directors quickly want to move on, especially after spending effectively two years on the first film, meaning the first sequel usually ends up in limbo. It's rare when something like, say, Sherlock Holmes, gets a fast-tracked sequel to theaters with roughly the same talent involved. Anyway, I'd say get ONE successful King Arthur
Getting real sick of these announcements for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. film series plans when we all knows it's 100% contingent on the first one being a hit. That and these directors quickly want to move on, especially after spending effectively two years on the first film, meaning the first sequel usually ends up in limbo. It's rare when something like, say, Sherlock Holmes, gets a fast-tracked sequel to theaters with roughly the same talent involved. Anyway, I'd say get ONE successful King Arthur movie into theaters first, then talk a sequel, then if THAT'S successful, talk a threequel, etc.
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3:52PM on 01/27/2014
Agreed 100%. I get worn out when I hear a series being planned two or three entries ahead when the first one isn't even out yet--plans for a six film series, right from the start? Oi vey!
Agreed 100%. I get worn out when I hear a series being planned two or three entries ahead when the first one isn't even out yet--plans for a six film series, right from the start? Oi vey!
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