Warner Bros. is still trying to make Arthur & Lancelot, based on a script by David Dobkin that the studio bought for a couple million bucks last year. Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, will direct the film that is an action-oriented take on the classic Arthurian story, with a modern feel.
The film was put on hold a while back, but reactivated when Colin Farrell was attached to play Lancelot. But the actor has dropped out, and so WB has to put together a cast from scratch again. Read More »
It seems like just yesterday that Warner Bros. had deemed David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot too expensive to live. (In fact it was January.) The film, meant to be a big action-oriented take on the Arthurian legend, was taken off the studio’s production schedule after budget concerns arose and attached actors Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman were freed to do other projects. (The latter took the lead in RoboCop.)
Now Arthur & Lancelot is back amongst the living, and one change has been made to ease studio concerns over the film’s budget and potential returns: rather than going with up and coming talent, the studio is now in talks with Colin Farrell to play one of the title roles. Read More »
There’s a lot going on at Warner Bros. right now. The studio has been looking closely at some planned tentpole films and deciding that they’re not quite where execs want to put their money after all. So Akira has been put on hold, and David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot, which always seemed like a strange project to begin with, has taken a step even further towards the back burner.
Meanwhile, the Bryan Singer movie Jack the Giant Killer, which debuted with a trailer that I think didn’t quite wow people in the way that Warners hoped, has been pushed several months to 2013. Details below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Over the summer, Warner Bros. put David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot on the fast track at the expense of two other adaptations of the legend, but now it’s looking like Dobkin’s project may not come together at the studio, either. Though the picture’s been moving at a brisk pace over the past few months, it’s now hit a huge roadblock in the form of budget troubles so bad that Warner Bros. has told Dobkin to go ahead and set it up elsewhere if he can.
The news comes right on the heels of Legendary’s decision to put Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost on hold for similar reasons, just as Disney did with The Lone Ranger earlier in the year. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Things are indeed shaping up quickly for David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. fast-tracked over the summer at the cost of Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. Last month saw the casting of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman in the two title roles, and now WB favorite Marion Cotillard has been offered the part of Morgana, a powerful sorceress and Arthur’s half-sister.
The Arthur retelling, which was written by Dobkin, follows the rise of the legendary leader from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate son being raised by a poor knight, while Lancelot starts out as “a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government.” Arthur & Lancelot will likely begin shooting in March. [Vulture]
After the jump, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler lands another high-profile movie role, while several more actors join Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker in Pawn — though sadly, none of the new folks are from The Shield.
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I’ve written about the film a couple times and yet I keep forgetting that Warner Bros. is making Arthur & Lancelot, a new take on the oft-filmed Arthurian legend. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) wrote the script, which Warner Bros. bought and chose to film over several other competing takes on the Arthurian story.
(Casulaties of the Camelot Crush from early 2011 included Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie’s Arthur movie, which had script input from Warren Ellis and John Hodge.)
David Dobkin will direct in addition to writing, and just as early reports suggested, the lead roles have gone to Game of Thrones‘ own Jon Snow, Kit Harington, and Joel Kinnaman from The Killing. They’ll play Arthur and Lancelot, respectively, in what has been called a contemporary retelling of the tale. But read on to see why that early description of the script seems to be at least slightly off. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
As Garrett Hedlund continues his negotiations over the lead role of Kaneda in Warner Bros.’ Akira remake, the studio and director Jaume Collet-Serra are wasting no time filling in the other roles as well. Buried in one report about Hedlund starring in the film was a tidbit about Keira Knightley being approached for the project. Though her possible role has not been revealed, I’m guessing she’s up for the part of Kaneda’s love interest Kei, member of an underground rebel group.
Knightley’s involvement is far from a done deal at this point, as she’s yet to enter talks. Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman, who were also given offers last month, apparently aren’t any farther along in the process either. Still, the fact that they’ve been approached at all suggests the filmmakers are hoping for a certain caliber of talent for the movie. (Not to mention a certain level of British-ness.) Knightley and Bonham Carter have both been nominated for Oscars in the past, and while Oldman has somehow escaped that honor, it’s not for lack of deserving. [The Hollywood Reporter via The Playlist]
After the jump, another potential project for Gary Oldman, while Jane Campion gets Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham to sign on for her latest.
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Posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Catherine Zeta-Jones has had a slow couple of years, but the Chicago actress stepping it up again. She recently wrapped three films — Lay the Favorite, Playing the Field, and Rock of Ages, all of which are due out next year — and has now landed one more. Zeta-Jones recently finalized a deal to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City, a noirish tale directed by Allen Hughes. The script, by Brian Tucker, revolves around a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) who’s hired by the mayor (Crowe) to find out if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating on him. Then things take a turn for the Chinatown-esque as the wife’s lover ends up dead and a major conspiracy begins to unravel.
Zeta-Jones’ last high-profile project was 2007’s No Reservations, so it’s great to see her coming back to the big screen in full force. Broken City is scheduled to begin shooting next month in New York City. [Deadline]
After the jump, Warner Bros. turns to two rising TV stars for David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.
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Briefly: It is very possible that you’ll read of Warner Bros.’ enthusiasm for the David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot and give a shrug. We know little about the story, after all, other than the fact that it comes from the Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director and is a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend. We don’t even know much about the tone — is it comic, action-oriented, or something else? — but the fact that Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is backing the project suggests a blend of action and comedy.
What might be interesting, however, is that Deadline reports two casualties of the process in which WB fast-tracked Arthur & Lancelot for a March 15, 2013 release. The Bryan Singer remake of Excalibur, and Guy Ritchie and John Hodge‘s other Arthur film are both dead, says the site.
Warner Bros. has been on a tear in the past few days, buying material for new films and/or setting up screenwriters to develop projects for the studio. After the break, we’ve got info on the following three projects, each of which is quite a bit different from the others:
- The David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot, which (as you’d guess) is a new telling of the Arthurian legend, only with a new spin.
- The new Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best of Me.
- And Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien will rewrite the action film Line of Sight. Read More »