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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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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 »

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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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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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The last time we talked about Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur movie, it was suggested that a new script was going to be called for, superceding the Warren Ellis draft and now, we’ve found out who the new writer will be. The lucky winner is John Hodge, probably most famous for having written Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. If his adaptation of Trainspotting is anything to go by, he can certainly make order out of rather sprawling and tangled narrative messes, so perhaps he’s a great choice for guaranteeing a driving through-line in this episodic, stop-start storyline.

At least when Ellis was at the Word Processor the film’s basic shape was to be “very specifically about the gathering of the Knights”. Cue Lock Stock style ensemble of British character actors. Variety have reported that the basic source material will be Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, but I can’t imagine the tone and flavour of a 15th century French romance being maintained under Ritchie’s directorship.

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Prolific writer Warren Ellis has a post on his site today that mentions a project he didn’t get a chance to talk about while doing press for his Marvel Anime projects at Comic Con. He has penned a draft of an Arthurian movie for Hollywood Gang, the outfit that optioned his graphic novel Ocean and previously co-produced 300. The reason you might be interested (or, some of you may be alarmed) in the project, in case Ellis tackling Arthur wasn’t enough, is after the jump. Read More »

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