Bryan Singer has already sunk his teeth into the feature film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica, but that apparently is not enough. The director want’s to tackle another epic project, but instead of the future he’s taking on the past. According to Variety, Singer is up to direct Excalibur. His plate is already filled with several big budget adaptations, but I guess he’s making room for one more.
Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have finalized a deal that gives them the rights to remake the 1981 film, Excalibur. The original feature was directed by John Boorman and adapted from the Thomas Malory book by Rospo Pallenberg and Boorman. It included all the mythological elements of King Arthur’s story. The film featured the sword in the stone, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin the wizard and the quest for the Holy Grail to save Arthur’s life. Singer has been confirmed along with Julie Yorn to produce.
The official word is that Singer is developing the Excalibur remake as a potential directing vehicle, but nothing has been confirmed. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did step up to the plate. This seems like something he would really be really be into. I personally liked the original version of the Arthur film, because it was able to incorporate all the important parts of Arthur’s life into one cohesive piece. Can that happen in this day and age?
Do you think Singer should direct Excalibur?