Jerry Bruckheimer To Produce "De-Mystified" King Aurthur retelling (merged)

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  1. Dalton

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    Well to me this is horrible news. I was reding about it in today's USA Today. He wants to take the magic out of the Arthur myth. The magic is one of the best aspects of the Arthur legend IMO. John Boorman's Excalibur is my favorite Arthur movie and one of my all-time favorite movies. I didn't care for the NBC mini-series Merlin with Sam Neill (although i like Sam Neill as an actor). I also very much disliked First Knight with Richard Gere and Sean Connery (whom i also like). Neither Merlin nor First Knight captured the bleek darkness of the Middle-Ages the way Excalibur did(IMO at least). Bruckheimer also believes most people think the Arthur legend takes place in the 1500's. Who thinks that? I certainly don't. No one i've talked to thought it took place in the 1500's either. Clive Owen is set to play Arthur and Stephen Dillane to play Merlin. While i like Owen i don't recall who Stephen Dillane is. Antoine Fuqua of Training Day and Tears of the Sun is set to direct. Anyone else know anymore details about this film? Here is the link to the imdb info but it's not much.
    http://us.imdb.com/Title?0349683
     
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    Don't forget Camelot and Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Sword in the Stone.

    According to your IMDB link, the setting will be between the fall of Rome and the Dark Ages. Maybe instead of the 1500's you meant the 500's. That is more "accurate".

    Anyhoo, since guns and gunpowder hasn't been invented, how the hell is Bruckheimer gonna make it through the whole film without a single explosion?

    Apparently, Speilberg is also filming an Arthur mini-series for TV. Amazing how similar films or TV shows always seem to hit the market at the same time.
     
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    Hunter,
    Some more good examples. The 1500's thing is a quote from Bruckheimer in USA Today. Maybe he meant 500's but the article has him saying the 1500's. I just think taking the mysticism out of the story makes it become just another historical epic(not that that is a bad thing) and diminishes the Arthur legend as a whole. I think we have enough historical epics being released over the next couple of years. I would love love to see a remake of Excalibur with some of today's advances in special effects(although not too overdone with CGI).
     
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    I think you could potentially do a very interesting historical take on King Arthur. Unfortunately, Jerry Bruckheimer is not the guy to do that. I read about this movie a couple of weeks ago and couldn't help but laugh because after reading about the more historical-based take on the story, the article then mentioned that Keira Knightley was taking swordfighting lessons because Guinevere is going to be an action queen in the story [​IMG]
     
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    Cant Bruckheimer just keel over already... [​IMG]
     
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    Just the mention of re-telling the Camelot legend without the magic brings back thoughts of First Knight. God, that was a stinker. The only thing that can make it even remotely enjoyable is making a drinking game out of it. Take a shot everytime you see the color blue used in excess. Watch it and see what I'm talking about.

    Anyway, if Bruckheimer wants to do a magic-less King Arthur film, well more power to him. I don't think anyone could top Boorman's Excalibur, so maybe a different take on the legend is a good idea. If only it was anyone but Jerry Bruckheimer...
     
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    Bruckheimer producint without Bay directing might do just fine.

    Bruckheimer also produces one of the finest television shows on the air right now, CSI, which imho is much better than any movie Bay's ever made.
     
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    Bruckheimer's insistance of flash over substance, is certain to take the magic out of the story. Perhaps the visual styling could be coupled with... Leonardo DiCaprio as King Arthur.
     

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