Director Zack Snyder confirmed he’s developing a retelling of the King Arthur legend.
“I’m working on something but we’ll see,” Snyder said in an interview with Minutemen. “I’ve been thinking about some kind of retelling, like, [a] real sort of faithful retelling of that Arthurian mythological concept. We’ll see. Maybe that will come at some point.”
King Arthur is one of the most famous characters in Medieval historical and romantic literature, dating as far back as the fifth and sixth centuries. The legend has been re-imagined in everything from novels to comic books, television shows, films, video games and operas over the centuries.
Snyder referenced one of the better-known movies inspired by the Arthurian mythology in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which a young Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered shortly after leaving a theater showing John Boorman‘s 1981 fantasy-adventure Excalibur.
More recent film adaptations include Antoine Fuqua‘s 2004 King Arthur, starring Clive Owen as Arthur and Keira Knightley as Guinevere. In 2017, Warner Bros. tried to launch a franchise with Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, featuring Charlie Hunnam as a young Arthur and Jude Law as his duplicitous uncle Vortigern. However, Ritchie‘s King Arthur movie fared poorly both critically and financially, with Hunnam blaming its failure on factors like miscasting, saying “There was a piece of miscasting that ended up crippling the central storyline. It’s actually not in the film anymore.”
Snyder‘s next film debut is his R-rated, four-hour cut of Justice League, which arrives on HBO Max March 18. A new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League was recently unveiled, providing an early look at some of the characters who didn’t appear in the movie’s theatrical cut, like Granny Goodness. It also featured the first footage of Jared Leto reprising his role as the Joker from Suicide Squad, as part of a sequence that builds on the Knightmare scene from Batman v. Superman.
Later this year, Snyder will also release Army of the Dead, an original zombie action/horror film he co-wrote and directed for Netflix. Dave Bautista stars in the movie as the leader of a group of mercenaries who try to loot an abandoned Las Vegas casino in the wake of the city being overrun by zombies.