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Arthur & Lancelot Is In Trouble
Unless the budget can be lowered...

14 December 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Arthur & Lancelot Is In Trouble

That whipping sound you hear is Warner Bros. pulling its purse strings tightly shut at top speed. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Warners and Legendary Pictures’ ambitious take on Paradise Lost will be delayed so the budget can be trimmed comes word that the studio has decided that David Dobkin’s drama Arthur & Lancelot might be too pricey for its taste.

According to Deadline, the film – which charts the early days of the man who will be king (Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington) and his loyal friend and noble knight (The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman) – has seen its costs rose from an estimated $90 million to scraping close to $130 million. And that’s making the bean counters sweat. With two largely unknown leads, even if they do score a name brand supporting cast (Gary Oldman had been talked about as Merlin), the worry is that the movie just won’t be able to pluck the sword of riches from the box office stone.

So right now, the executives have told Dobkin he’s free to try to set the film up elsewhere unless a cost deal can be reached. If that take on the Arthurian legend does leave Warners, there’s always a chance that Guy Ritchie might get his shot.

It’s just the latest incident in a year of blockbuster halts. Paradise Lost, as mentioned above, was pushed back into development yesterday and set for a later shooting slot. The Lone Ranger faced a similar stint in limbo over budgetary concerns and Universal has taken the red pen to big projects with wild abandon, shutting down both Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains Of Madness (which had Tom Cruise ready to star) and Ron Howard’s multi-film/TV shot at Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Expect Oliver Stone to fund his next film via Kickstarter and Ben Affleck juggling on the streets of Beverly Hills to raise funds for his own work.


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So many Arthur movies upcoming
Is this the Arthur movie written by warren ellis? what happened to Singer's excalibur remake? are they the same project? I'm really confused with all these different Arthur Legend movies pending production. I really want to see Warren Ellis' movie (directed by a competent director) More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 18:03 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

So many Arthur movies upcoming
Is this the Arthur movie written by warren ellis? what happened to Singer's excalibur remake? are they the same project? I'm really confused with all these different Arthur Legend movies pending production. I really want to see Warren Ellis' movie (directed by a competent director) More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 18:02 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

I don't understand some films budgets
Now I can see when you have an FX heavy film it's going to cost you a canny bit of dough, like Paradise Lost, it's heavy on FX, and their reported budget was $120 million, and Arthur will probably have it fair share of battles so the FX could also be large, but can some tell me how in ZUSES BUT HOLE can the LONE RANGER need a budget of $250-275 million, it about two guys on horses for gods sake! OPEN RANGE cost $22 million to make and is simply stunning, I realise the house mouse will want a big More

Posted by picknmix at 13:00 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

I actually think it sounds sensible...
... if you suddenly need an extra $40 million then you f*cked up your budget plan in the first place. Also, I don't think it's wise for studios to pump out 2 or 3 billion dollar movies a year and then pump the profits back into projects that might not make their money back. What we need is more movies with great scripts and effective business plans. But then we all know that, it's not rocket surgery. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:52 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

I'm guessing someone at Warner Bros finally got round to seeing The Change Up, Friends with Benefits or Fred Claus. It's a shame because I like the Arthurian legends as much as anyone, but you can't blame the studio for not trusting Dobkin with their cash. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:36 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

pffft
A film like Green Lantern gets an extra $9 million on top of the bundle it wasted on rubbish effects, and films that sound genuinely interesting can't even get off the ground. Where is the justice Warner Bros?! More

Posted by neillbert90 at 02:08 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

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