King Arthur reboot “Arthur and Lancelot” fast-tracked

By Adam Frazier Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the David Dobkin script, “Arthur and Lancelot,” a contemporary re-imagining of the King Arthur legend. The studio has already scheduled the film for a March 15, 2013 release, with a $90 million budget.

It was only last month that Warner Bros. paid $2 million to acquire Dobkin’s script in a bidding war that involved Universal and Fox.

As a result, the Bryan Singer remake of “Excalibur,” as well as Guy Ritchie and John Hodge‘s other King Arthur film are both dead, according to Deadline.

Dobkin will direct and produce, with Lionel Wigram with Jeff Kleeman executive producing. Wigram was also a producer and writer on Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” so his involvement suggests a blend of action and comedy.

It seems like Warner Bros. is trying to capture a piece of the action-adventure market, and with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise slowly sinking to the bottom of Davey Jones’ locker, a possible King Arthur franchise with knights and damsels, castles and catapults, might just do the trick.

Dobkin is best known for his work in comedy, having directed the 2005 hit, “Wedding Crashers.” His new film, “The Change-Up,” stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds and hits theaters on August 5.

It should be noted that “Arthur and Lancelot” will only be Dobkin’s second credited work as a screenwriter, his first being the 1995 horror film, “Ice Cream Man,” starring Clint Howard. It must be a damn good script to excite Warner Bros. this much.

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