The Losers Director to take on young Arthur, Lancelot & Guinevere in PENDRAGON
Director Sylvain White will have quite the diverse resume soon enough. Sure, he got his start with directing the direct to DVD sequels, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and Trois 3: The Escort. He didn't exactly win critics over with the soap opera-style subplots in the dance-driven Stomp the Yard. But with the $13M budgeted Stomp the Yard earning $74M world-wide at the box-office and another $33M in DVD sales, he's been given the helm of some promising projects. White's adaptation of the DC Comic The Losers hits theaters April 23rd. He's also long been attached to direct an adaptation of Frank Miller's Ronin, which we reported is being worked on again.
From horror, thriller, dance, and action, what is next for this up-and-coming director?
White is currently in talks to take on medieval knights and kings in Pendragon -- the title is a reference to the medieval English term for "chief dragon," a euphemism for leader.
The script was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who wrote the 2008 Black Listed script Once Upon A Time In Hell, which is now in development at Phoenix Pictures.
Pendragon serves as an origin story of sorts for characters like Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere as they meet at Camelot.
The BBC television series Merlin covers extremely similar territory, depicting young versions of Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere. But the show obviously focuses more on Merlin, and his development as a wizard. (I lost track-of/interest-in that show after watching just a season.) 2004's King Arthur also depicted relatively younger versions of the trio, most notably the then 19-year old Keira Knightly playing Guinevere.
Pendragon is being set up at Fox-based production company New Regency.
I'm still skeptical of White as I haven't been wowed with what I've seen with The Losers. But the story has plenty to play with. This will also have to compete with the two different Excalibur projects though as well -- Bryan Singer's remake of John Boorman's 1981 film, and Guy Ritchie's Star Wars-style Excalibur.
What do you guys think of Sylvain White, and of him possibly directing PENDRAGON?