Bryan Singer has closed a deal to produce and potentially direct a remake of the 1981 fantasy flick Excalibur for Warner Brothers, Variety reported. Excalibur is the quintessential myth-of-King-Arthur film, complete with the enchanted sword, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin the wizard and the quest for the Holy Grail to save Arthur's life.
The original film was directed by John Boorman and adapted from the Thomas Malory book by Rospo Pallenberg and Boorman. WB and Legendary Pictures labored for months to pull together the rights to the film, which Singer will produce with Julie Yorn. Polly Johnsen, who was Polly Cohen when she was the WB exec who presided over the Singer-directed WB/Legendary collaboration Superman Returns, will also be a producer.
Boorman's film featured such stars as Helen Mirren (who played the evil Morgana) and Liam Neeson (Sir Gawain), as well as Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart. WB had some of the rights as a library title; the rest were secured from Boorman.
Singer hasn't set a writer yet.
At the same time, Singer has been flirting with directing X-Men: First Class, a 20th Century Fox spinoff that got a first script draft by O.C. creator Josh Schwartz.