King Arthur in Hollywood

King Arthur the Movie

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenwriters: David Franzoni, John Lee Hancock
Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures
Theatrical Release Date: Postproduction must be going quite smoothly, because after originally scheduling this movie for December 25th, 2004, Touchstone has instead decided to bump it *up* five months to a five-day weekend starting on Wednesday, July 7th, 2004.

Marketing: Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused.

Reality: Loosely based upon descendants of  Lucius Artorius Castus, a prefect of the Roman VI Legion Victrix, who commanded Roman and Sarmatian troops near Hadrian's Wall during the Pictish uprisings. The movie covers the legend as a period piece, Romans fighting Picts in a time when the North of Britain became a fiery land and Picts and Scot raiders poured across the borders. Of course, all of the legend characters are there (including those added to the legends by later writers and adapters). Think of shoving 3 centuries of characters onto the back of one man and one unit of Roman cavalry. At least the action looks good. I believe that this will remain a standard popcorn movie, not satisfying any of the Arthurian purists or even those who believe Arthur did exist, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Cast: Clive Owen (Arthur, AKA Arturius), Stephen Dillane (Merlin), Keira Knightley (Guinevere), Hugh Dancy (Galahad), Ioan Gruffudd (Lancelot), Stellan Skarsgaard (Cedric), Ray Winstone (Bors), Valeria Cavalli (Fulcinia), Charlie Creed-Miles (Ganis), Joel Edgerton (Gawain), Sean Gilder (Jols), Pat Kinevane (Horton), Ivano Marescotti (Bishop Germanius), Mads Mikkelsen (Tristram), Til Schweiger (Cynric), Ray Stevenson (Dagonet), Ken Stott (Marius Honorius); other cast not announced yet.

King Arthur Movie

King Arthur (Unrated Widescreen Director's Cut) DVD