New King Arthur film
Warren Ellis has revealed that he's just completed a script about the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, although his currently untitled script focuses more on the Knights being brought together to make up core of the great legend.
Ellis tells us that the script is moving forward and that the company that have his script is the one that has optioned his Ocean graphic novel and who also co-produced 300 (Filmstalker review), now that's a very interesting line-up.
There's a bit of concern at the moment over at /Film who have the story from AICN and Warren Ellis' site, as Ellis points out while he calls his script untitled, the production company area clearly calling it Excalibur, instantly making this appear as a remake of John Boorman's take on the King Arthur and the Knights story, Excalibur.
Of course there's the consideration that this is merely a working title, and being used as a reference for production people to instantly see what the script is about rather than running with Ellis' title of Untitled Arthurian Project.
Warren Ellis himself is quick to point out that his script is nothing like Boorman's film, and that he's written the story of how the Knights are brought together, presumably ending the tale with them all gathering around the table for the first time as one.
I like this idea, it could bring new life to the King Arthur story, a story that has been told time and time again in various different styles, so maybe looking to the period before the story that's been continually retold might bring something new to the whole legend on film.
What's more it's from Warren Ellis, and that could bring a unique vision to it, and perhaps even kick start a new franchise.