Guy Ritchie Looking to Revive King Arthur Adaptation at Warner Bros. with Potential 6-Film Franchise

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Director Guy Ritchie is looking to kick off another franchise at Warner Bros., and this is one that the studio has been trying to get off the ground for years.  If you’ll remember, Warner Bros. developed a take on the King Arthur legend called Arthur & Lancelot a couple of years ago with David Dobkin (The Change-Up) attached to direct.  The project went so far as to cast Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) in the lead roles, but WB pulled the plug when the budget got two high.  It looked as if things might pick up when Colin Farrell then entered talks to take on a lead role, but that casting didn’t work out and Dobkin went on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming drama The Judge.

Now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is looking to revive a King Arthur film at the studio, this time as part of an ambitious six-film franchise.  Hit the jump to read on.

Colin Farrell Out of ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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While it seemed like Warner Bros.’ production of Arthur & Lancelot was finally on track with Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) set to star as Lancelot, the actor has reportedly pulled out due to scheduling issues. The troubled picture by writer/director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) has gone through a spate of casting issues as of late and was recently put on hold by the studio citing budgetary issues. Previously circulating actors include Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Marion Cotillard (Inception). The studio is reportedly eager to finalize a cast and we should be hearing more news on that front shortly. Hit the jump for more on the troubles of Arthur & Lancelot.

Warner Bros. Puts ARTHUR & LANCELOT Back on Track with Colin Farrell in Talks to Star

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For a while there it looked like Arthur & Lancelot was destined to linger in development hell for the next several years. Warner Bros. put the project in motion last year with David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) set to direct his own script. The pic landed a couple of promising leads—Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as Arthur and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot—but the studio abruptly put the project on hold just before its January start date to address budget issues. When Harington and Kinnaman signed on to other projects (Haringon to The Seventh Son and Kinnaman as the lead in the Robocop remake), the film looked to be in doubt given that both would have to return to their respective TV series later this year. Cue: Colin Farrell. Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. Puts ARTHUR & LANCELOT on Hold; Pushes JACK THE GIANT KILLER 3D Back to 2013

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Not long after Warner Bros. was reportedly getting cold feet with the swelling budget of David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, it looks like the studio has officially hit the pause button. The film, starring Kit Herington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Darkest Hour) in a reimagined Arthurian legend, was supposed to open March 15, 2013. Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers) reportedly informed cast and crew that it “wasn’t looking good,” although studio insiders confirm they’re trying to make the project work. Warner envisions the tone of Arthur & Lancelot to be in a similar vein to their Sherlock Holmes franchise, but will have to negotiate budget and scheduling difficulties. Herington, will return to Game of Thrones this spring while Kinnaman is expected to segue into the film shoot after wrapping on AMC’s The Killing. The project may move forward without one or both of the actors. Hit the jump for news regarding the delay of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer 3D and Rock of Ages.

David Dobkin’s ARTHUR & LANCELOT Could Be Nixed if Budget Isn’t Lowered

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Warner Bros. shelled out $2 million for the script to the Arthur & Lancelot and attached Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin to helm the potential tentpole flick.  However, when WB bought the movie, they thought they were looking at a $90 million flick, especially since they had saved money by hiring rising actors Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) to play the leads.  But Deadline reports that the studio is getting cold feat as the budget has ballooned to possibly $130 million.  Warner Bros. has reached the point where they’re willing to let Dobkin take the film to another studio that’s willing to foot the bill.  It’s not difficult to see Warners’ logic when you have two affordable but unproven stars and the continuing trend of declining ticket sales.

Hit the jump for a refresher on how Warner Bros. isn’t alone in willing to drop project in order to save costs.

Marion Cotillard May Co-Star in ARTHUR & LANCELOT [Updated]

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Marion Cotillard may be joining Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.  According to Vulture, Cotillard has been offered the role of Arthur’s sorceress half-sister, Morgana (aka Morgan le Fay).  If the new take on the Arthurian legend keeps with modern portrayals of Morgana, she’ll likely be the film’s villain.  If Cotillard passes on the role, expect Warner Bros. to go after someone at a similar level of fame (i.e. an actress who’s better known than TV stars Harington and Kinnaman, but isn’t in the price range of someone like Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman).

Hit the jump for more details on the film.  Arthur & Lancelot is slated to open on March 15, 2012.  Cotillard will next be seen in The Dark Knight Rises.  She’s also attached to star in the Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) suspense/thriller Rust and Bone. [Update: Representatives for Cotillard have informed us that she's not involved with Arthur & Lancelot.]

GAME OF THRONES Star Kit Harington Lands King Arthur Role in ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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The odds of his character Jon Snow emerging victorious from the game of thrones on HBO’s Game of Thrones aren’t terribly promising; I mean, he doesn’t have any dragons or even a stable of prostitutes. But Kit Harington isn’t going to let that stop him from wearing a crown and stuff, as the young Brit has just booked his first starring film role, signing on to play King Arthur in writer-director David Dobkin’s forthcoming Arthur and Lancelot. Per Variety’s Showblitz blog, the 24-year-old thesp beat out Sam Claflin (The Pillars of the Earth) and Thrones co-star Richard Madden (aka Snow’s half-brother Robb Stark, aka King of the motherfucking North) in the screen-testing phase. Personally, I think Madden has more of a King Arthur vibe about him on the show, but I’m not complaining.

Harington joins Joel Kinnaman (standout on AMC’s The Killing), who was recently cast as Lancelot. The project is expected to begin shooting sometime in early 2012. Steve recently sat down with Dobkin, who spoke a bit about his plans for the film. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Warner Bros. Wants Gary Oldman for AKIRA and ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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Earlier today, the news broke that Garrett Hedlund is now in talks to take on the lead role in Jaume Collett-Serra‘s Akira remake. Upset that they weren’t the outlet to break the news, Deadline has chimed in with the old news that Warner Bros. wants Gary Oldman to play the Colonel in the long-gestating project. However, in their report Deadline also revealed that Warner Bros. wants Oldman to star in their period fantasy pic Arthur & Lancelot. The Change-Up director David Dobkin is helming the fresh take on the King Arthur legend, and we recently reported that The Killing star Joel Kinnaman has won the role of Lancelot.

The studio is currently testing a number of actors to find their Arthur, but they apparently want Oldman to take on the role of Merlin. Whether Oldman is keen on the part remains to be seen, but he’s currently filming The Dark Knight Rises for the studio so one assumes they’ll be talking. Oldman is generating some serious awards buzz for his turn in the thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, so he’s understandably fielding a number of offers at the moment. Arthur & Lancelot opens March 15th, 2013.

Joel Kinnaman Confirmed as Lancelot in ARTHUR & LANCELOT; Harrington, Claflin, Cooper, Matheson, Sturgess, Walker, and Hemsworth Reading for Arthur

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Last week, it was reported that Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) were the frontrunners to star in Arthur & Lancelot, a reinvention of the Arthurian legend by writer/director David Dobkin (The Change-Up).  Heat Vision has now confirmed Warner Bros. signed Kinnaman to play Lancelot.  The next step is for Kinnaman to do chemistry reads with a number of young actors vying for the role of Arthur, including Harrington, Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Hans Matheson (Sherlock Holmes), Jim Sturgess (21), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), and Benjamin Walker (star of the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).  I really liked Kinnaman’s work in The Killing—there’s a great intensity to his screen presence.  Cooper is similar in that vein, but otherwise, the list suggests Dobkin’s Arthur is more boyish in contrast to Kinnaman as Sir Lancelot.

Hit the jump to read Dobkin describe how he approached the update of the classic story.

GAME OF THRONES’ Kit Harrington and THE KILLING Star Joel Kinnaman Frontrunners for ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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Director David Dobkin (The Change-Up) is nailing down the cast for his period King Arthur project Arthur & Lancelot, and it looks like he’s closing on his leads. Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman have emerged as the frontrunners to take on the lead roles, per Heat Vision. When Dobkin sat down with Steve earlier this year, he talked about how he went back to the legend and pulled it apart for his PG-13 iteration, saying “I kept certain characters, I recreated the entire launch of the legend and why it starts the way that it starts.” Though plot details are under wraps, Dobkin did tease that the film is “wrapped around the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.” Hit the jump for more, including what other actors tested for the roles.

David Dobkin’s ARTHUR & LANCELOT Set for March 15, 2013

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We already knew that Warner Bros. had picked up David Dobkin’s spec script Arthur & Lancelot, but now we know for how much and, more importantly, when we’ll be seeing the flick.  Deadline reports that Warners paid $2 million to beat out Universal and Fox for the contemporary re-imaging of King Arthur and Sir Lancelot.  The movie, budgeted at $90 million, will be fast tracked for a March 15, 2013 release date and the purchase has basically killed Bryan Singer’s remake of John Boorman’s Excalibur and Guy Ritchie’s non-remake but King Arthur movie also titled Excalibur.

Dobkin told Steve that he hopes to begin filming in January in London and that he has basically rebuilt the Arthurian legend from the ground-up.  Hit the jump for Dobkin’s explanation of what he’s going for with Arthur & Lancelot.  There are currently no other films set to open on March 15, 2013.

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