Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ gets 2016 release date

The British director will be behind a new six-part film series for Warner Bros

The first movie in Guy Ritchie‘s forthcoming King Arthur themed film series has been given an tentative release date of July 22, 2016.

The series is expected to be made up of six films, headed up by the Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels man and writer Joby Harold. 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.

Ritchie 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). It is out on January 16, 2015.

Empire Online reports that if King Arthur does open on July 22, 2016, it will be a week after Ice Age 5 and one before the as-yet untitled new Planet Of The Apes movie.