The Kid Who Would Be King is having a royally bad time at the box office. Joe Cornish‘s family-friendly follow-up to his 2011 breakout hit Attack the Block is gearing up to be one of the year’s first big-budget flops after the $60 million movie debuted last weekend to a disastrous $7 million at 3,521 theaters.
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The Kid Who Would Be King has been a long time coming for writer-director Joe Cornish. Not only because it’s been seven long years since his feature directorial debut, Attack the Block, left us eager and hungry to see his sophomore effort, but also because he thought of the Arthurian story in his teens. After waiting so long to tell his original story, Cornish ended up bringing a tangible and infectious excitement to the movie’s playful sense of adventure, similar to Attack the Block.
The Kid Who Would Be King is a modernization with a refreshing absence of irony and a complete feeling of sincerity. It’s a kind-hearted kids movie from Cornish that takes its kids and where their story goes very seriously, reminiscent of Spielberg and John Hughes in some ways. The movie wears some of its influences on its sleeve, as Cornish recently told us over the phone. The director also looked back on the release of Attack the Block, as well as talked about Led Zeppelin and the wonderment of John Boorman’s Excalibur.
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In 2013, Joe Cornish was primed to be the next successful indie director who would make the leap to the big-budget blockbuster. J.J. Abrams had just taken himself out of the running to direct the third Star Trek to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Cornish was coming off the cult success of 2011’s Attack the Block. We just needed that one report with that all-important word: “Confirmed.”
But Cornish turned down Star Trek. Justin Lin would take on directing duties of Star Trek Beyond, while Cornish wouldn’t come out with another film until 2019’s The Kid Who Would Be King. But why did the British filmmaker turn down what would have likely been his big break? Six years later, Cornish finally reveals why.
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An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King, a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. It’s a decent enough family film, largely dependent on the charm of its young cast, that manages to be slightly disappointing only if you recognize the name of its writer/director. That would be Joe Cornish, whose directorial debut Attack the Block was a blast of fresh air back in 2011. Inexplicably, it’s taken Cornish the better part of a decade to make another film; his sophomore effort The Kid Who Would Be King is fine, even if it would’ve been nice for the film to be a bit more remarkable.
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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: kids with sharp objects. But running with scissors has got nothing on running with sharp swords against magically animated trees in The Kid Who Would Be King. 20th Century Fox has released a new The Kid Who Would Be King clip, showcasing the titular kid Alex Elliot (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) as he and his fellow classmates train to fight with swords with some guidance from a young Merlin (Angus Imrie).
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There aren’t many live-action adventures for kids to enjoy in theaters nowadays, but Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is trying to inject some excitement back into the family film formula with his latest film.
The Kid Who Would Be King takes the classic Sword in the Stone story but brings it into modern day as a young British boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) finds himself inheriting King Arthur’s mythical sword, making him the only line of defense between the world and the villainous enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). His only chance of victory lies in training his fellow classmates to become his knights and fight her dangerous army.
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When it comes to live-action adventure movies for kids, quality options are few and far between and nowhere near as abundant or exciting as they were in the ’80s and ’90s. But director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) is hoping to spice things up for families early next year with a medieval, magical adventure that actually does something interesting with the myth of King Arthur.
The Kid Who Would Be King follows a kid named Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) who stumbles upon Excalibur, the mythical sword once wielded by King Arthur. Suddenly he finds himself in the middle of a battle for the fate of the world as the wizard Merlin (in the body of a teen school boy) warns him that the enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) is on the verge of entering the world of the living and wreaking havoc. Read More »
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When filmmaker Joe Cornish burst onto the scene with his terrific sci-fi thriller Attack the Block back in 2011, I was convinced he’d be the next big thing. But that was just before it became common Hollywood practice to hand massive studio franchises to guys who had just one film on their resumes, and while Cornish has been credited with some screenplays since 2011, he hasn’t directed another feature yet. Everyone who’s seen Attack the Block knows just how unfortunate that is.
But fear not: after six years, it sounds like Cornish is finally getting the chance to get behind the camera once again for a movie called The Kid Who Would Be King.
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