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Bryan Singer to remake Excalibur

BryanSinger.jpgWe already heard that John Boorman's Excalibur was being remade, or rather the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was being revisited. Now there's talk of a possible director for the film. Who could also turn out to be a director.

Bear in mind that both the rights for Boorman's Excalibur and the director is still in negotiations, so everything is in the early stages.

There are still a lot of if's and but's, with plenty of deals still to be made, but it's an interesting project and if the producer comes on board then the next stage will be discussing the director.

Bryan Singer is the man who is in negotiations to produce and direct, and that is if they manage to get the rights to the John Boorman film. Mind you that could be a big if.

The original Boorman film looked at the common myth and story in a modern and gritty fashion, but that was 1981 and visually it does look a little dated, and far less gritty and real than it could do.

It told the King Arthur story from when the sword first appeared and Merlin helped the young Arthur remove it from the stone, all the way through to the creation of the Round Table, Camelot and the Knights, the Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot love triangle and the quest for the Holy Grail, an epic indeed.

Excalibur. starred Nigel Terry as Arthur, Cherie Lunghi as Guenevere and Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Gabriel Byrne, and many more in a star studded cast.

We've already heard that Warren Ellis' site has written a script for a remake of Excalibur, and according to The Hollywood Reporter Bryan Singer will make the film a more epic and fantasy based film rather than a gritty or mythical version of the story, which fits in well with Singer as a director too.

It won't be his next film though and it could be some time before we see it, two or three films down the line. It could even be that he might just produce and not direct.

It does make another eighties remake for the director/producer as he's already sitting with Battlestar Galactica on his slate.

I like the idea of another King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but I do wonder if everyone wants to see another fantasy epic version or something more gritty and realistic, a modernised tale, although obviously not in terms of time and location.

What do you think? Would you want to see a Singer fantasy epic or a realistic, gritty version? Is this just up Bryan Singer's street? I'm still wishing that Singer had tackled Logan's Run as a fantasy science fiction film.



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