Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is looking to develop an epic King Arthur story that will span the course of six movies for Warner Bros. The studio has been trying to get a King Arthur film into production for years, but it never went anywhere. Now they are looking to develop it into six films, which would be pretty incredible!
The script for the first film was written by Toby Harold, and he will also produce alongside Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, and Lionel Wigram. One of the earlier versions of the script was written by John Hodge (Trainspotting) and it was be based directly on Thomas Mallory's 15th century work Le Morte d'Arthur, which was divided into eight different books. Ritchie was previously attached to that project as well before it fell apart. The fact that Mallory's stories are basically the definitive source material for the legend of Arthur, there's a good chance that Harold's script and the other screenplays to be written will be influenced by them.
This could end up being an amazing franchise. I love the stories of Arthur, and there is so much awesome material to work from. I do find it interesting that the studio is willing to go with six films on this, but they couldn't commit to a three film adaptation of Ron Howard's Dark Tower series.
Ritchie's next film is The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, and Hugh Grant.