Guy Ritchie Eyed to Direct King Arthur Franchise Spanning Six Movies
Nearly four years after director Guy Ritchie first became attached to direct a new King Arthur movie for Warner Bros., the project is coming together once again, with the studio eyeing a six-movie franchise.
The original project was written by John Hodge, but it fell apart when Warner Bros. focused its efforts on a different King Arthur project dubbed Arthur & Lancelot for director David Dobkin. Arthur & Lancelot once had Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harington attached to star, but it was shelved when the studio deemed that the $130 million budget was $20 million too high. The studio tried to revive the project again in 2012, when Colin Farrell was attached to star, but we haven't heard anything about Arthur & Lancelot since then.
The studio has also previously considered other King Arthur stories such as a remake of the 1981 adventure Excalibur that had Bryan Singer attached to direct, and a "Harry Potter-syle" take on the character produced by Donald De Line that won't be impacted by this new project.
Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the first screenplay for this proposed six-movie series. The writer will also serve as a producer alongside Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell.