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X-Men helmer pulls the Excalibur sword

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, August 21, 2009

X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer will direct a remake of the 1981 fantasy movie Excalibur for Warner Bros.

The project is in development with Legendary Pictures, the same production house that produced Superman Returns with the director. According to Variety, Legendary and WB have been working for months to secure the rights to the original movie which are partially owned by the director, John Boorman. Boorman's film was based on the story written in the 15th century by Thomas Malory.

The '81 movie retold the legend of King Arthur and how he came to be ruler of Camelot and war with his half-sister Morgana. It starred a plethora of British stars just starting out in their film careers such as Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.

However, don't expect Singer to make the new Excalibur as his next film as the project doesn't have a screenplay yet. The project that Singer is most likely to take on next is another remake, that of Jack the Giant Killer.

-Variety.
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Posted: 12 years 15 weeks ago

I kind of wish Singer would stop picking huge franchise movies, and return to his 'Usual Suspect' roots. I haven't seen Valkyrie yet, though. What's he going to do next, He-Man?

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Posted: 12 years 15 weeks ago

Excalibur is a great, but completely nuts, movie. Why does it have to be re-made?

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