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More On Guy Ritchie's King Arthur
It'll take from Malory's Morte d'Arthur

10 March 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Last week it was reported that Guy Ritchie was planning a King Arthur movie*, and now Variety has turned up a few tidbits to add to the mix. It seems that this news story will be based on Thomas Malory's 15th century collection of Arthur legends, Le Morte d'Arthur,and that Ritchie is already working with John Hodge (Trainspotting) on the screenplay.

For those of you not au fait with 15th century literature, Malory's book was started when he was in prison in the 1450s, and assembled all the popular tales about Arthur into one easily-readable (if Middle English is your thing) package. The sections of the book focus on Arthur's birth, his struggle against the Roman Empire, his knights Lancelot and Gareth, the story of Tristan and Isolde, the quest for the Holy Grail, Lancelot's affair with Guinevere and the breaking of the Round Table and Arthur's death.

If last week's report was right, this story will focus on King Arthur assembling his knights, which would put this in the early parts of the book. If that does prove true, we can expect a sort of Magnificent Seven in armour, and that has to be a good thing. Let's hope, however, that Hodge is allowed to stick closer to Malory's book than he did to Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising, his last adaptation. 

*Not to be confused with the Antoine Fuqua / Clive Owen movie, which stripped out the magic-y / Merlin-y bits and ended up less believable than ever.


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RE: More On Guy Ritchie's King Arthur
I wouldn't call it a s__fest; there is a ton of talent in that film. Unfortunately, it's typical long-winded Boorman, all "oOOooooOooO mystical!", with rote regurgitation of highlights of the better-known plots from the myth cycle at the expense of character development, and nothing new or interesting to say. The extreme anachronism is also a bit grinding (including knights in Detroit automotive chrome riding unarmoured polo ponies). I don't understand the worship that thing receives either, More

Posted by balkaster at 01:06 on 28 January 2014 | Report This Post

The Warlord Chronicles...
Suck compared to the Morte D'Arthur, and Excalibur is a great film, if not the best possible adaptation. I doubt that neither Ritchie nor Synger would do them justice, because nothing in their directing style tells me they'll treat the material with the gravitas and epic tragedy scope that it warrants. More

Posted by JLG87 at 22:40 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

Bollocks!
What a load of arse, why the hell someone can't adapt Bernard Conwells Warlord Chronicles I don't know! A gritty, violent and realistic dark ages setting is what we need...not a crappy historiclly inacurate French influenced Medieval farce. I want to see Merlin as a pervy Druid not a poncy wizard that fires lightning out his arse! Maybe Dragon pictures can do it once Ironclad is out of the way? PLEASE! More

Posted by Dave25 at 17:46 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: More On Guy Ritchie's King Arthur
Ok: So, on the one hand this is debatably the greatest work of fiction in the English language and Ritchie will never do it justice. Indeed, probably no-one can. On the other hand, Sherlock Holmes was fun if one accepted it as a silly take on the stories, and Guy Ritchie's film at least can't be as bad as the for-some-reason-praised-by-loads-of-people absolute shitfest that is Excalibur. Am willing to give it a chance. If there's a cockney knight though, I'm turning up on set and goin More

Posted by Duncanmorrison at 13:29 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

Gansta Arthur
well he can do what he wants if the base material is le morte d'arthur as that was a complete work of fiction. Lancelot was created here to fill this pompous rag pretending to have some sort of historical value. I hope Guy adds guns, really big ones, I'll watch it! More

Posted by Geosolus at 13:18 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

Begets
Along with The Count of Monte Cristo, Le Morte D'arthur is one of my favourite books. The previous so called attempt at Arthurian legend was an utter shambles, and an insult to Malory's text. Lets hope the cockney boy can adapt it well, and erase the Fuqua embarrassment. More

Posted by sonofjor-el at 12:17 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

Has to be a good thing?
Gut Ritchie? Does. Not .Compute. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 11:28 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

King Arthur...
...the directors cut is a bloody good movie - leave it alone! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:20 on 10 March 2010 | Report This Post

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