Away with you, witches and wizards! Knights and kingdoms are the new hot franchise! It has been announced that Warner Bros. will adapt the legendary tale of King Arthur for release on July 22, 2016. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Revolver), and it will be the first in a six-movie franchise. That’s right, we’re not just getting two or three of these flicks, we’re getting SIX!
The movie will be loosely based on the “collection of stories called Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, a compilation of tales from the fifteenth century regarding Arthur’s adventures with the Knights of the Round Table.” The last theatrical King Arthur film released was 2003’s King Arthur, directed by Jerry Bruckheimer and starred Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd and Keira Knightley. King Arthur will go up against movies like the Independence Day sequel, an Angry Birds movie, Tarzan and Marvel’s currently unnamed July 8 film.
Guy Ritchie is WB’s golden boy right now. He directed the successful Sherlock Holmes films and will be directing the film adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. If anybody’s capable of handling their next big franchise (outside of DC movies, that is), Ritchie’s the guy to do it. Still, six movies! And I thought The Fantastic Four already getting a sequel was weird. Well, King Arthur’s had a little bit more time to develop a following, so I think it has a good chance of succeeding. It certainly can’t get much worse than that 2003 adaptation.
SOURCE: Cinema Blend