Sometimes Hollywood throws us a bone and makes a movie we've all been dying to see. A Spider-Man movie with Michael Keaton playing the villain, for instance, or an adaptation of The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba, or an alien invasion movie directed by Denis Villeneuve. Other times it makes yet another goddamn King Arthur movie.
That's what we're getting with Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which - after being in production for a suspiciously lengthy amount of time - will finally arrive next March.
We saw the film's first trailer back during SDCC, and most of us were not pleased with what we saw. But King Arthur's Charlie Hunnam is working hard to convince us that Ritchie's take will be super-cool and likable. Here's Hunnam talking about the film in a new interview with Empire (as reported by The Playlist):
“(Ritchie’s) created a very rich, exciting world. I describe it to my friends as Lord Of The Rings meets Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. (It’s) an unlikely marriage of two things, but it works,” the actor told Empire, saying that his Arthur will be “rough around the edges.”
This is a mash-up anyone can understand: we've all seen Lock, Stock, and we've all seen the Lord Of The Rings movies. But I remain unconvinced that these are two taste sensations that will pair well together, and I'm doubly unconvinced that I need another King Arthur movie in my life. In my household, more King Arthur movies are up there with more Robin Hood movies or more Dracula movies or any movie at all featuring David Spade: unnecessary, unwanted and likely very tedious.
But who knows? Maybe King Arthur's mix of Lord Of The Rings-style fantasy with Lock, Stock-style shenanigans will win me over. I'm skeptical, but I'll admit that it's a possibility.
What do you guys think? Is this the mash-up you've been waiting for?