David Dobkin to direct, Lionel Wigram to produce reimagining
Warner Bros. is ramping up a re-imagined King Arthur feature with David Dobkin attached to direct and produce from his own script — the third such Arthurian project set up in the past two years by the studio.
Studio closed a deal Friday with Dobkin for his 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.
Details of the script, which evoked interest from Fox and Universal, are being kept under wraps other than the project including Sir Lancelot as a major component. King Arthur is believed to have been a 6th century king who defended Britain against Saxon invaders and Lancelot is portrayed as his most trusted knight.
Warners hasn’t indicated which of its trio of Arthur projects will go first. 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. Singer was on board to produce with Julie Yorn and Polly Johnsen.
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 with the key source material being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales.
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.”
Dobkin is repped by CAA.