Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) is attached to helm Excalibur, written by Warren Ellis, for Warner Bros. Pajiba reports that this will be the second Excalibur movie currently in development for the studio as they’ve also attached Bryan Singer to remake John Boorman’s 1981 film of the same name. But Ritchie has a faster track on development for his magic sword movie. Singer’s Exacalibur has to fall into his busy schedule, which also includes Jack the Giant Killer, Battlestar Galactica, and X-Men: First Class. Conversely, Ritchie has Sherlock Holmes 2 and The Gamekeeper, and the latter requires another pass at the script.
Ellis says his telling of the legend, “differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.” Pajiba adds that Ritchie’s take is closer to Star Wars than going medieval. I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and don’t have any intense feelings about Ritchie one way or the other, but I’m excited for anything Ellis does seeing as he’s penned two of my all-time favorite comic series (Transmetropolitan and Planetary).