There’s another King Arthur movie heading to the big screen, but this one will have an intriguing twist to it. Deadline reports that Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is set to helm Man at Arms, a King Arthur flick that is being touted as being reminiscent of Clint Eastwood’s classic western Unforgiven. It will follow an older Sir Lancelot on his quest to make amends after his love affair with his BFF’s wife Guinevere destroyed the Once and Future King’s Camelot.
Liebesman is directing the project for Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures. Liebesman and Iwanyk have worked together before on Wrath of the Titans. Man at Arms will be produced by Iwanyk, Adam Goldworm (through Aperture Entertainment) and Bryan Brucks (Scouts vs. Zombies). Erica Lee will executive-produce. Jeremy Lott (The Falling) — who has also written a script for a Robin Hood movie called Hood — penned the script.
The idea of having an older Lancelot looking for redemption in Man at Arms is based on an original idea by Brucks, and is apparently less of a postmodern invention the other King Arthur movie is aiming for. In case you’re wondering what the other King Arthur flick is, it’s Warner Bros.’ Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, directed by Guy Ritchie, which is currently filming. It’s the one that stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana. Joby Harold wrote the Guy Ritchie flick, and also wrote the script for another competing Robin Hood movie. You know the saying that when it rains, it pours? There’s a deluge in Hollywood.
Can Man at Arms pull the sword from the stone and manage to spin an epic Arthurian tale? We're understandably a bit iffy. Not one King Arthur movie has ever managed to come close to John Boorman's brilliant take on Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table with Excalibur. What do you think?