Bryan Singer Draws Out EXCALIBUR and May Head Back to Mutant School with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

     August 21, 2009

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Bryan Singer (“Superman Returns”, “X2″) has now singed on to produce and develop a remake of 1981’s “Excalibur” for Warner Brothers. Singer has recently been in the news after it was announced that he would be directing a new take on “Battlestar Galactica”. The man loves his remakes, reboots, and revisions it seems. After the jump you can find out about which “X-Men” film Singer might have his eyes on as well as which classic story Singer will be remaking next.

“Excalibur” seems to be somewhat a cult film and it’s easy to see why because “Excalibur” is one bad ass film. The 1981 film directed by John Boorman (“Deliverance”, “Point Blank”) is a memorable one and Variety does a good job of summing up the film by describing the original film as “the quintessential myth-of-King-Arthur film, complete with the enchanted sword, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin the wizard and the quest for the Holy Grail to save Arthur’s life.” If you have any interest in the Arthurian legend then this film is a definite must watch. It’s great.

bryan_singer.jpgI’m a fan of the 1981 film but I’m not too mad about seeing it being remade.. I’m deciding to look at this one as Bryan Singer’s take on King Arthur instead of Bryan Singer’s remake of “Excalibur”. I’m not even sure why Singer’s take on King Arthur, Merlin, and the rest of the gang has to be associated with Boorman’s film. I’m guessing that this has something to do with rights.

The story of King Arthur is not the only story that Singer is going to be remaking though. Variety also reports that Singer’s next film could be “Jack the Giant Killer”.  That film will be a very different take on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend where a young farmer leads an expedition into the land of the giants to recover a kidnapped princess.  There was a previous film from 1962 by the same name which I’ve never heard of until right now which tells the same story. It’s unclear wither Singer’s take will be another adaptation of the story of a remake of this lesser known film. Either way, I’m all for an action film where Jack goes up the beanstalk and starts killing giants.

Also briefly mentioned in Variety’s report is this little gem of info: “At the same time, Singer has been flirting with directing “X-Men: First Class,” a 20th Century Fox spinoff that got a first script draft by “O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz.” Does this mean that Singer might return to the franchise which he helped bring to life? I would love nothing more but last time we heard writer Zak Penn (“X-Men: the Last Stand”, “The Incredible Hulk”) was attached to direct this adaptation of the Marvel comic book series which focuses more on the lesser known students who attended Professor Xavier’s school for mutant. I would love nothing more than to see Singer come back to the franchise and bring it back to greatness after the trainwrecks that were “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” but I’m not holding my breath.

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