Leading the vanguard of generic swordplay is Disney, which is planning two separate Arthur-related franchises. One is a live-action remake of their animated classic The Sword In The Stone, in which Kid Arthur is shown the ropes by the old and wise wizard Merlin. The script will be written by Game Of Thrones veteran Bryan Cogman, so all bets are off on whether the 10-year-old future king will make it to the credits with his throat un-slit.
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Because Joffrey's painful death offered plenty of schadenfreude, but little in the way of Disney whimsy.
Intent on making Tiny Toons out of all the Arthurian legends, Merlin will also get his own coming-of-age story. Disney is going all-out with this one too, adopting The Merlin Saga novels with screenwriter Philippa Boyens, who worked on both The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. If this sounds like Disney is trying to make a new Harry Potter franchise, that's because they are. The studio has already slotted a whole series of films featuring young Merlin, who conveniently comes prepackaged with his own magic wand, owl, and fair-haired sidekick -- if young Arthur doesn't get Bolton-ed in the face before then.
Live-action or not, these Disney versions will likely stick reasonably close to the fairy tale goodness of yore. Not so for Guy Ritchie's proposed retelling of Arthur's origins, which promises to be so gritty that audiences will have something in their eyes for days after.
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