Two Dueling "Excalibur" Movies in the Works, One from Guy Ritchie 


Back in August of last year, we reported that director Bryan Singer has left the planned remake of John Boorman's 1981 film, "Excalibur." The helmer is instead focusing on "X-Men: First Class" and a big-screen version of "Battlestar Galactica." Singer is also working on prepping his "Jack and the Beanstalk" movie called "Jack the Giant Killer."

While the "Excalibur" remake is not dead yet, Warner Bros., the studio attached to the Boorman remake, is putting a competing production of "Excalibur" into development. According to our friends at Pajiba.com, this one's not a remake but a big-screen adaptation of Warren Ellis' "Excalibur" treatment.

And guess who's angling to direct? No other than Guy Ritchie, Madonna's ex and the guy who gave us the recent "Sherlock Holmes" flick also from WB not to mention "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch."

So what's the big difference between the two "Excalibur" films you ask? After all, it's still going to be about a magical sword and an enchanted wizard giving his blessing to the Chosen One, King Arthur, right?

Pajiba clarified that:

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.”


Star Wars? Really? So there will be lots of knights forming solidarity against the evil empire! So Obi Wan will be Merlin, Han Solo will be Arthur, Princess Leia will be Guinevere, and Luke Skywalker will be Lancelot. But since this is a medieval tale, I don't think we'll see robots in the vein of R2D2 and C3PO :happy

To read more on this dueling "Excalibur" films, click here.

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