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‘Arthur and Lancelot’ gets 2013 release

WB historical epic is written and helmed by David Dobkin

Warner Bros. has set March 15, 2013 as the opening for its “Arthur and Lancelot” historical epic, with David Dobkin directing and producing from his own script.

It’s the first title to land on that weekend. Four other pics have been set for that month — Sony’s “Elysium” on March 1, Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” on March 8,” Paramont’s “The Croods” on March 22 and Open Road’s “The Host” on March 29.

Warner Bros. closed a deal last month with Dobkin for his “Arthur and Lancelot” script with “Sherlock Holmes” producer Lionel Wigram attached to produce, with Dobkin’s partner Jeff Kleeman exec producing. Dobkin’s Big Kid Prods. and Wigram are both based at Warner Bros.

Project involves Sir Lancelot as a major component. King Arthur is believed to have been a sixth century king who defended Britain against Saxon invaders and Lancelot is portrayed as his most trusted knight.

For Dobkin, the Arthur project is a major change in his career arc in broad comedies including “Shangahi Knights,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Fred Claus.” He’s in postproduction on the Universal comedy “The Change-Up.”

Warners has put two other Arthur projects into development in the past two years. The studio and Legendary Pictures brought Bryan Singer on board in August 2009 to develop a remake of 1981’s “Excaliber” as a potential directing vehicle; and in March, 2010, Warners attached “Sherlock Holmes” helmer Guy Ritchie to direct a separate Arthur project with “Trainspotting” scribe John Hodge scripting for Atlas Entertainment and Hollywood Gang.

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