Arthurian legend is apparently going to be the new vampire. Just you wait, in a couple of years we’re going to be up to our balls in Excaliburs and round tables. Just last week in broke the exclusive news that Guy Ritchie would be directing a Warren Ellis-penned story of Excalibur. Not to be confused with the remake of the 1981 John Boorman film that Bryan Singer is attached to.
Now, there’s a third horse in the race. The LA Times is reporting that New Regency is developing Pendragon, which will be an origin tale of the Knights of the Round Table, using a younger cast. Whether this means it’ll simply be the story of their early years, or whether they’re going to Twilight-ify it and make it all angsty and teen-dreamy and, you know, shitty…. that remains to be seen.
The script for Pendragon was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, both relative newcomers, and will be directed by Sylvain White, whose filmography is… well, unusual. He’s directing the hitman ensemble The Losers, which comes out next month He’s also responsible for I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and Stomp the Yard. Yeah, that’s an interesting trio of films to have on your resume.
I gotta say, among White, Ritchie, and Singer — I’m not holding much hope for White. But then, all signs point to this not really being aimed at my demographic.
Seriously though — do we really need any more films about King Arthur? It pretty much starts and ends here: