HOLLYWOOD – Guy Ritchie’s new King Arthur film – Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur – is to tell the entire story of King Arthur from the perspective of the round table around which the knights of the Round Table sit.
Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur is to take an original look at the tale of King Arthur, shot entirely from the perspective of the Round Table. Director Guy Ritchie popped into the Studio Exec bungalow to eat some ‘pie and peas’ and natter about his new project:
At first I was not interested in doing King Arthur again. It didn’t seem like yesterday that there was that God awful Clive Owen movie, purporting to tell the true story of King Arthur. But when I read Joby Harold’s script I was blown away. The whole story is told from the first person perspective of the Round Table. It was such an original idea, I began to toy with the idea of actually doing it. But one thing worried me.
What was that?
Casting, obviously. Who would I get to ‘voice’ the table? Of course this is a tale of Bronze age valor so I was guessing that the table would have been made of some heavy wood, oak most likely. It was then that I happened to play squash with Jude Law and it hit me: Jude would perfect at playing a large lump of wood.
How is the story going to work?
The table is magic, you see. It’s what binds the Knights together. It’s why they are there really and Arthur (Charlie Hunman) finds it so useful in counseling him, that he had a hinge put in the middle, so he can fold it and take it with him on his quest for the Holy Grail and some of the later battles.
I know right. So we get the table’s view of all the action as it happens. And there’s some comedy when they’re feasting and spilling stuff on it. And there’s a quite hot scene when Lancelot and Guinevere get intimate on the woodwork. And of course the table is torn wherever to say anything or not.
Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur will be released in 2016.