King Arthur romantic comedy
While Guy Ritchie is set to make a film based on the 1485 tales written by Thomas Mallory called Le Morte d'Arthur (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), it's just been announced that the rights to John Steinbeck's The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights, which is based on the Mallory tales and retells the King Arthur legend, have been bought to be adapted to film.
Steinbeck actually retold seven of the legends from the original text, and the article hints that more than one of these legends is to be made into a film, so we could be looking at a franchise to rival the Guy Ritchie King Arthur project.
Jennifer Lee is set to adapt one of these legends into a film, and according to Variety it's the story of the quest of Arthur's knights Gawain, Ewain and Marhalt which one of the producers describes as:
"…a compelling romantic comedy adventure targeted for the youth audience"
Ah, you're losing me there already. I don't think there's really going to be any challenge there for Guy Ritchie's projects is there?
This story will see a young Knight exploring relationships, growing to understand more about maidens, and becoming a true man and a Knight in the process, gaining a place at King Arthur's Round Table.
I have to admit it's not the first Arthur legend I would consider adapting for the big screen, but then the major ones have been told a few times before and it looks like a deliberate move not to clash with the story to come from Ritchie's film. Mind you, from all these legends there's no word yet which one will be the basis of Ritchie's story.
Still, without knowing which story Guy Ritchie's film will cover, it's a sure bet it won't be covering a romantic comedy version of the Knights of King Arthur and so this film will stand alone.