It wouldn’t be Hollywood without competing projects. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Sylvain White is working on a King Arthur movie comes word that Guy Ritchie is also thinking about visiting Camelot. Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge has been working with Ritchie on this version of the Arthurian legend, which is going to be pulling mainly from Thomas Mallory’s Le Mort d’Arthur, the same source material for Excalibur.
This King Arthur movie would be coming from Warner Bros, which kills dead Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake, although it’s not out of the question that Ritchie’s version be called Excalibur; Warner Bros did go through the trouble of tying up the remake rights last year, after all. And both films come from the same source material.
What does this mean for Sherlock Holmes 2? Since that’s from Warner Bros as well, I wouldn’t expect Ritchie’s King Arthur movie to get in the way. The question now becomes whose King Arthur movie hits theaters first – or whose King Arthur movie dies along the way.