Warner Bros keen on new historical franchise

Guy Ritchie is having talks with Warner Bros to direct a six-film series about King Arthur, according to reports.

Deadline says that the Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels filmmaker is the studio’s favourite to oversee a new historical blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros have been eager to make a series of films based on Arthurian legends for years, according to reports, but their last attempt at the project – the mooted Arthur & Lancelot with Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harrington – was eventually shelved.

If Richie is trusted with overseeing the series, he will work with scriptwriter Joby Harold on the first instalment. He has recently been working on a film adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series The Man From UNCLE, which will star Hugh Grant, Man Of Steel actor Henry Cavill, Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer and up-and-coming Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Fifth Estate).

The original The Man From UNCLE TV series starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as a pair of secret agents who work for a fictitious international espionage agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (UNCLE). It ran for 105 episodes between 1964 and 1968.