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Guy Ritchie Has Big Plans For King Arthur


Back in 1981, director John Boorman made a powerful impression on filmgoers with Excalibur, his eccentric, inventive retelling of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table story. Ever since, filmmakers working in the world of sword and sorcery have looked to Boorman’s film for inspiration, but none have equaled his considerable feats. However, director Guy Ritchie (the indie crime auteur now better known for a pair of Sherlock Holmes movies) and producer Lionel Wigram are about to go into production on Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur—and they plan to leave Excalibur in the dust.

Speaking to IGN about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (the Ritchie movie that arrives in theatres next Friday), Wigram implied that the new King Arthur film will surpass all of its predecessors. “It’s going to be the coolest King Arthur that you’ve ever seen,” he said. “It is a huge, spectacular, sword and sorcery fantasy. It’s our dream version of what we would have liked to see Excalibur be.”

Working with more than enough story for a single film, Wigram says they plan to take their sweet time. “Rather than trying to do the whole story in one, we’ve limited ourselves to basically how Arthur becomes King,” he explained. “So that’s allowed us to spend enough time and detail on that. And we can enjoy then hopefully later iterations.”

The title character will be played Pacific Rim’s Charlie Hunnam, who was seduced by Ritchie’s unique take on the character. According to Wigram, the director’s vision for the character is “unlike anything you’ve seen before, but somehow remains faithful to who Arthur is.” You can judge for yourself when Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur arrives in theatres on July 22nd, 2016. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Excalibur below.