Sherlock Holmes director prepping epic 6-FILM King Arthur fantasy franchise

If you’ve been jonesing for some medieval fantasy action, the guy who brought the steampunk fun to Robert Downey Jr.’s version of Sherlock Holmes is here to oblige. In a big way.

Warner Bros. is working to lock in Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) to develop a massive, six-film take on King Arthur. Deadline reports that the project would be a “tentpole fantasy retelling” that will span two trilogies. Judging by the description, it sounds like it could be akin to The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit in sheer scope.

The wacky part? Ritchie was originally attached to a King Arthur film a few years ago at Warner Bros., which would have starred Colin Farrell, Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and The Dark Knight’s Gary Oldman. That project eventually fell apart before it entered production due to budget overages.

With his hit Sherlock Holmes series, Ritchie has shown he can put a nice twist on a classic story and make it sing at the box office. So King Arthur really isn’t too much of a stretch. As far as legendary hero tales are concerned, King Arthur is one of the biggest, and with the right hand at the wheel this could be one heck of a cool potential franchise.

What do you think? Does the world need a double trilogy of King Arthur’s quests?

(Via Deadline)

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