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Bryan Singer developing epic-fantasy Remake of EXCALIBUR

by Eli Reyes

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Here's yet another remake from Mr Singer. Variety reports Warner Bros. and Bryan Singer plans to take on King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable in a remake of the 1981 John Boorman film Excalibur.

Warner is tying up the remake rights, which it shares with Boorman.

Singer is still only in talks but if deals are made, Singer would produce with former Warner exec Polly Cohen Johnsen, and "super hit" maker Julie Yorn(MayPayne/Bride Wars).

Alex Garcia, an executive at Legendary and Singer's former partner at Bad Hat, was instrumental in bringing in Singer. If Legendary Pictures comes aboard, Garcia would oversee.

The original movie starred Nigel Terry as Arthur and Cherie Lunghi as Guenevere and featured early performances from Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart and Gabriel Byrne. The movie told the well-known myth, in a gritty and dramatic fashion, of the young man who draws the sword Excalibur from a stone, is mentored by Merlin, establishes Camelot, loses his wife, Guenevere, to his best friend, Lancelot, and engages in the quest for the Holy Grail.

Singer's Excalibur will be a more epic and fantasy filled version of King Arthur's adventures, as opposed to Disney's more earthy 2004 King Arthur which starred Clive Owen.

I can't for the life of me remember the original Excalibur movie, even though I know I watched it growing up. There's no way Singer will be getting as much flack for this as he's been getting for helming the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

So what do you think of Bryan Singer producing Excalibur?

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