Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur delayed until 2017

News arrives via Deadline that Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur has sounded the retreat from this year's crowded summer season. It will now open in February 2017, avoiding stiff competition from Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course.

That new date places it in Presidents Day weekend in the States, with studio Warner Bros hoping to capitalise on the childrens' school holidays. Warner Bros have also taken note of the success of Kingsman: The Secret Service in February last year, while Deadline point out that Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films played well in similarly wintry slots. King Arthur's new date pits him against Bad Boys 3 and Maze Runner finale The Death Cure though, so it is still not entirely plain sailing.

Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) stars as the titular head of the Round Table, with Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) set as his Guinevere. Eric Bana (Lone Survivor) is on to play Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, while Ritchie's old Sherlock Holmes collaborator Jude Law is the villainous Vortigern and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) is in talks to be Sir Bedivere, one of Uther's old comrades who takes Arthur under his wing.

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) producer Joby Harold has written a script that finds a young Arthur as a streetwise type running the back alleys of Londonium, unaware of his royal destiny. Until, that is, he somehow grasps hold of the sword Excalibur, and finds himself challenged by its power. He joins forces with the resistance, meets Guinevere and has to learn to master the sword while battling his demons as well as the tyrannical Vortigern. Can he avenge his murdered parents and claim his rightful place on the throne? If the film is a success, Harold and Ritchie have plans for a six-film franchise spun from the stories of Arthur and co.

With Aidan Gillen (Game Of Thrones) and Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) also aboard, Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur will now open in the US on 17 February 2017.

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