Charlie Hunnam

Guy Ritchie is getting ready to start a new franchise and he’s just picked the main player. Charlie Hunnam, he of Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy fame, will play King Arthur in the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, currently scheduled for release July 22, 2016. He’ll likely be joined by the previously announced Idris Elba, playing a mentor role. Elizabeth Olsen is the top choice for the female lead, but has not yet committed.  Read More »

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Clint Eastwood

Briefly: Warner Bros. just firmly planted their Oscar hopeful on the release schedule. They dated American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, for a limited release on Christmas Day. It’s the real life story of Navy SEAL and marksman Chris Kyle, which Steven Spielberg was once going to direct.

They’ve also shifted the release date of Guy Ritchie‘s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, from January 16, 2015  to August 14, 2015 and moved the Point Break remake up one week to July 31, 2015. Those two dates are interesting, especially based on the huge openings Disney and Paramount had on concurrent weekends in August. You have to think Warner Bros. is hoping for similar success. [Box Office Mojo]

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Director Guy Ritchie has begun casting his 3D King Arthur film, which is slotted for 2016 and now has a name. The previously untitled film is called Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and Idris Elba is in talks for a supporting role. Read the details on the Guy Ritchie King Arthur film here. Read More »

Guy Ritchie

We haven’t even hit the summer of 2014 and the summer of 2016 is beginning to fill up. We know there will be two Marvel movies (one of which is Captain America 3), Batman vs. Superman, X-Men Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Finding Dory, Independence Day 2 and now Guy Ritchie is getting in the fun with what could be the start of a whole new franchise.

Warner Bros. has just dated Ritchie’s 3D King Arthur film for July 22, 2016. Joby Harold (2007?s Awake) wrote the script, which is tentatively planned to be the first in a six film series. No casting has been made official yet but Ritchie has been attached for several years.

The Guy Ritchie King Arthur release date all but assures Batman vs. Superman stays in May, as Warner Bros. wouldn’t want two of their own movies to cannibalize each other. [THR]

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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]

Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie

Warner Bros. is a huge fan of director Guy Ritchie. The studio distributed his 2008 flick RockNRolla, and gave him both Sherlock Holmes films and the Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie. So it seems only natural that WB would be looking to extend the relationship, this time with a King Arthur picture.

If all goes well, the project has the potential to keep the two sides in business together for a long, long time. Warner Bros. intends for the film to be the first in a series of six. Get the details after the jump.

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Briefly: While Jared Harris may be best known for his role as Lane Pryce on Mad Men, Guy Ritchie turned to the actor when it was time to bring the evil Moriarty to life in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Now Ritchie and Harris will work together again, on Ritche’s new version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Read More »

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Guy Ritchie is gearing up to shoot The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but he’s also now part of the development process for Empire Rising. The film, being set up for Ritchie to direct, will be set in 1930 and is based on Thomas Kelly‘s book of the same name, which tells the story of a romantic triangle that plays out against the backdrop of the construction of the Empire State Building.

The story involves an Irish immigrant with ties to the IRA, an artist, and a connected NYC resident with ties to City Hall and criminal organizations. If you think there’s potential there for this to be Warner Bros. own Titanic-type film, you’re thinking along the same lines as the studio.

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