The sword in the Rocknrolla … director Guy Ritchie. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct a film based on the legend of King Arthur which could be the first of a planned double trilogy of movies, reports Deadline.
Ritchie, these days considered a safe pair of hands in Hollywood following the blockbuster success of his pair of Sherlock Holmes movies, would work from a screenplay by Awake's Joby Harold. The project is being put together at studio Warner Bros, which has been trying to deliver an Arthurian film franchise for a number of years.
One take, titled Arthur and Lancelot, would have seen Game of Thrones' Kit Harington and the US The Killing's Joel Kinnaman in the title roles. It was shelved over budget concerns. Another idea was to remake 1981's Excalibur, with X-Men director Bryan Singer in charge of the cameras.
No details of the plot for Ritchie's film have yet been unveiled. The British director is currently filming The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a big screen remake of the 1960s TV spy show with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant.