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Moriarty’s One Thing I Love Today! Brian K. Vaughan’s ROUNDTABLE Script!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. Hyperbole has become the coin of the realm on the internet, and I’m as guilty of it as anyone. Harlan Ellison famously growls about the use of the word “awesome” in everyday conversation, rightfully pointing out that if everything is awesome, then you’re either easily awed or you’re using the word wrong. There are all sorts of words that have been cheapened by their use online. “Best ever” is a phrase that leaps immediately to mind as perhaps a wee bit overused. But the other day, a fairly jaded script collector friend of mine msg’d me to say he’d gotten his hands on... yes, “the best script ever,” and I should read it. He sent it over, and as soon as I saw what it was, I was intrigued. Brian K. Vaughn is one hell of a writer, turning out quiet, controlled, brilliant mindbombs like Y THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, RUNAWAYS, and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, as well as playing a major role in the ongoing pop genius of LOST. DreamWorks bought Vaughan’s new spec script, ROUNDTABLE, after a bit of a bidding war last week. And much was made of how top-secret it was and how producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have it on lockdown. Only... it was a bidding war. And the script was slipped to other people, and then it got slipped to people who weren’t bidding, but who wanted to know what was being bid on, and they sent it to people, and now... well... it’s pretty much everywhere. And my fairly jaded script collector friend came on after reading it and bandied about titles like BACK TO THE FUTURE and GHOSTBUSTERS, fairly big comparisons to make in my book. I think BACK TO THE FUTURE... the first one... is one of the very best commercial scripts ever written. It’s awesome. It’s so well-constructed, so good-humored, so impeccably timed. It’s a well-oiled thing, amazingly tight considering all the tinkering that went into the construction of it. And the first GHOSTBUSTERS is the same way. These are films that were so manhandled and oddly-throttled that they shouldn’t have worked, but the elements gelled just right, and the perfect versions of the screenplays for those films managed to click into place somewhere between page and screen. So when my friend sent over ROUNDTABLE and suggested I read it, I was surprised by his enthusiasm. That’s not the way it normally goes. Keep in mind, there’s a sport in LA that’s very popular. Writers get hold of a script that just sold for a ton of money. And then they read it so that they can reassure theselves that it’s terrible and if that piece of shit sold for a lot of money, then that masterpiece they’re tinkering with in the off-hours is going to be set a new record for how much money someone can make on a script. It’s only fair. It’s a bitter, angry game, but it’s been going on since at least when I moved here in the early ‘90s, and it hasn’t changed in that entire time. Almost any script can be torn apart by the determined and the bitter if they try, but I’m guessing that they’ll find themselves tied in knots as soon as they all get hold of this script, because it is indeed a tightly-constructed and hilarious commercial script that is most probably going to make DreamWorks a small fortune when they finally release the film. By now, you may have read the logline for the film: Merlin the Magician, trapped in modern-day, must assemble a new roundtable of knights to defend England against a magical foe. And that’s accurate. That is the movie. What that doesn’t really convey, though, is the profound sense of smartass that runs through this thing, or the way it mixes humor and crazy SFX setpieces in a way that we don’t often see. It’s inventive, and it’s a nice way of playing off the Arthurian legend without drowning the viewer in minutiae. You don’t have to know every detail of the King Arthur story to understand what’s going on here, but Vaughan’s obviously done his homework. What he’s crafted is a modern GHOSTBUSTERS, something that uses the humor to actually make the fantastic seem real, and that should play to the fantasy crowd just as well as it plays to a mainstream comedy crowd. The only problem I see with the script at all is that clearance lawyers are going to have aneurisms trying to sort out which of Vaughan’s jokes they can leave intact, and there are some casting roadblocks that are built into the fabric of the piece. I hope Vaughan gets everyone in his dream cast (which is pretty clearly spelled out with the way he’s written his four knights), but if he doesn’t, there’s going to have to be some specific tailoring to revise the script for someone new. The beginning of the film establishes who our Merlin is, and just as importantly, it sets up the threat of Morgana, this film’s major villain. Set at the end of the reign of Arthur, the opening battle sees Morgana and her zombie army destroy Lancelot before facing off against Galahad and Merlin. They defeat her, but just barely, and she’s able to curse Merlin before she goes: if he ever steps foot off of English soil, he will never be able to return. He seems unconcerned, though, and as he and the knights walk away, they ask what will happen if she comes back. Merlin tells them not to worry. “For so long as our kingdom has her knights... darkness will never fall on England.” Of course, knights today are not the same as they were back then, and Vaughan seems delighted by the idea of putting some of today’s knights head to head with a real threat, asking them to step up and live according a code that’s been dead for centuries. We meet SIMON MINTZ, “an affable British dude in his 30s” who would not be inappropriately cast as Simon Pegg, a scientist who is about to be knighted for his work with newts. Queen Elizabeth II seems as underwhelmed with the entire idea of knighthood as she can possibly be, and we get a quick glimpse of just how silly the entire thing is. It’s a nice bit of social commentary that is actually an important part of the set-up, because by page ten, Morgana’s been resurrected, and it’s up to Merlin to assemble a group of real knights to stop her. The thing is... Merlin made the mistake of traveling to America back before the Revolution, so when the Declaration of Independence was signed, he suddenly found himself cursed and trapped, and now he’s got to stop Morgana without leaving the Brooklyn apartment where he lives. One by one, Merlin summons a group of men to meet him in America. SIR RICKY BUTLER is a former championship athlete who has let himself go since his knee blew out, and I’d guess it was Ricky Gervais who Vaughan was picturing while he wrote. SIR EDMUND WORTHINGHAM is not as obviously cast on the page, a self-made billionaire who has forgotten what it was like to struggle. And then, finally... ... nah, I don’t want to ruin it. Suffice it to say, there are a number of movie stars who have been knighted in real life, and the one who Vaughan picks as a member of this roundtable would be hilarious casting. I hope he does it, and just in case, I won’t fuck up the surprise. It’s flippant and silly to write in a real-life knight, given the honor for nothing more than saying lines in front of a movie camera, but that’s as good an indictment of the value of a modern knighthood as I can imagine. These four unlikely men (including Simon) are asked to stand as the defenders of the realm, charged by Merlin with finding a way to defeat Morgana. The biggest challenge is getting them to accept that what’s happening is real, and once they do, they have a hard time seeing how any of their skills might serve them in a fight with a powerful supernatural enemy. Everyone in the film, including Merlin, is given a natural and satisfying character arc, and the adventure itself is so well-constructed, so rousing, that I would imagine we won’t see much major restructuring before this goes in front of a camera. This is a great example of a spec that deserved to set off a bidding war because this isn’t a script you put into development... this is a script you make. This reads like a movie, and I think it’s a hell of a statement from Vaughan overall. This guy’s going to be one of the great geek storytellers in the next few decades, and I think this is going to be the moment where Hollywood starts to understand just how valuable he’s going to be. By the time that dragon shows up (verrrrrrrrry clever and verrrrrrrrrry cool), ROUNDTABLE proves to be the very model of what we want from commercial filmmaking. Fun, smart, inventive, and crazy. I don’t think I’d go quite as over-the-top as my friend who sent me the script, but his instincts are right. This is the real deal, and as I’m sitting here wrasslin’ with budgetary notes that make me afraid I’m about to ruin my own script for the sake of getting it made, it’s good to read something that rekindles my passion for the art of screenwriting. It’s great stuff, and I hope we’ll be able to bring you coverage of the movie all the way through to its release in a few years.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • June 16, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by odo19

    I know it.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by MrMajestic

    Damn you odo 19 !!! That was my first and I had a clever line and everything ready... /sobs

  • June 17, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    I know! Its Nicolas Cage!

    by Stormwatcher

    Cuz it always is.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Sir Elton John!

    by Stormwatcher

    Yes! Played by Mike Myers! Swing!

  • June 17, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by Stormwatcher

    Sting baby! That may be it. ...

  • June 17, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Sir Edmund Hillary! No dead. Maybe Dame Edna!

    by Stormwatcher

  • June 17, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Conrad Black!

    by Stormwatcher

    Boom@ He could be the fat asshole musketeer!

  • June 17, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Zombie Sid Vicious!

    by Stormwatcher

  • June 17, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Zombie Bruce Paltrow! Cuz his daughter is nailed by a Brit

    by Stormwatcher

    Chris, Joseph and the amazing techincolor dreamcoat, Martin

  • June 17, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Mr. Belvedere! Is he even alive?

    by Stormwatcher

  • June 17, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Ben Kingsley in Sopranos mode

    by Fred

  • June 17, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by loodabagel

    Ya know, if it's the best script ever, you think they could have at least spelt his name right.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Love Vaughan

    by PumpyMcAss

    but this has got to be the funniest movie ever if I'm going to go along w/ it. Stardust was super lame and that is all I can think of after reading this review.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Vaughan rules

    by Adelai Niska

    he might actually BE Merlin, 'cause the guy turns paper into gold

  • June 17, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Thankfully, it sounds VERY INSPIRED

    by NoHubris

    It's both refreshing and tremendous when real imagination is rewarded by the gatekeepers in Hollywood.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    The script may be perfect...

    by Literarywanderer

    But Hollywood has a way of aborting masterpieces during the production process.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by TallBoy66

    Well, maybe.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    When was the last time a modern/historical fantasy did well

    by TallBoy66

    Well, aside from Enchanted, but that crappy movie with Wolverine sent to the future to seduce Meg Ryan? That other movie that had Leon the Professional and the chick from Married With Children? Masters of the fuckin' Universe?! Maybe this'll buck the trend. Hopefully. (okay, what were the names of the first two historical/modern fantasy mash-up movies I mentioned. No googling allowed cause I didn't. And I genuinely can't remember what they were called.) Oh, I remember one that rocked - Army of Darkness, but that was kinda backwards.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    I've got the script

    by Darth Fart

    but I wasn't planning on reading it for a while. I guess it's my priority now :D

  • June 17, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I saw that flick...

    by Literarywanderer

    With Jean Reno and Christina Applegate on an Air France flight. God, that was the drunkest I have ever been on an international flight.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by baghead

    It's Sir Michael Caine. In the script, Vaughn writes as an aside that he could have chosen Ian Mckellan or Anthony Hopkins but alas, who is cooler than Michael Caine?

  • June 17, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    stuck in Brooklyn apartment - sounds a bit contrived

    by geraldbeans

    Otherwise, it sounds like a decent idea.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by chipps

    i was gonna say michael cain then i would have looked smart. Did this one fall through the cracks with script girl or did she mention it?

  • June 17, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    and yes

    by chipps

    I'm easily awed.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Edmund = Eddie Izzard?

    by Fievel

    I hope so if Pegg & Gervais were on board.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    He STOLE this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by BrianVaughanIsAThief

    For the love of God, does no one in Hollywood care? Or do their homework? This is nearly an exact rip-off of "Knights of the Roundtable" that has been pitched around town since 2001. This movie will never get made now. The 2 real writers of this are going to sue, so don't get all excited. This project is DEAD DEAD DEAD.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    if anyone finds a copy of this

    by NedNederlander

    lingering online, i'd love to give it a read, sounds great.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by BrianVaughanIsAThief

    "Knights of the Roundtable" was written for 4 modern knights as well, all playing themselves. It was Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and Elton John. Fountainbridge Films was on board to produce, but Sean Connery turned it down because he didn't want to play himself. Now would everyone please stop rewarding the thief.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST


    by jopari

    Haven't you ever heard of coincidences? I highly doubt Vaughn stole this script, as he's proven to be full of original ideas thus far. Okay, so one of his choices for the knights might be the same-but it's an blatantly obvious choice. Good luck with that lawsuit though, I'm sure that'll be very successful *rolls eyes*.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    That said

    by jopari

    The movie sounds like an interesting diversion, but it that might be better served by a different medium. The concept's a little too campy to really be a successful movie. I'd make a great graphic novel though.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by jopari

    Added an extra "that" there. Oh well.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Len Wiseman

    by Shaun of the Dead

    has allegedly been signed on to make the GEARS OF WAR movie. FUCK. One of the greatest games of all time gets LEN WISEMAN??

  • June 17, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I liked parts of DIE HARD 4

    by Shaun of the Dead

    but surely they'd get an awesome director for this series? When will proper big name directors start taking on projects like this. I live in hope.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Anyone have an opinion

    by Shaun of the Dead

    on Wiseman for GEARS OF WAR?

  • June 17, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I agree with the porn idea

    by Shaun of the Dead

    very very much. But GEARS OF WAR could be awesome if done right. I'm sure Wiseman will make some cool action scenes but ruin it by non-existant story and casting his wife as a non-existant female character.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    What doesn't Harlan Ellison growl about?

    by fiester

    Him and Andy Rooney should team up for a reality show: Grumpy Old Men.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    It does sound like a fun movie idea though....

    by fiester

    -but it would all be contingent upon the casting. If Pegg and Gervais were involved though, I would be there.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Pride of Baghdad

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    was pretty bad ass.<p>as is Y.<p>as is Runaways.<p>so yeah, i'll buy that this script is well done.

  • June 17, 2008, 8 a.m. CST


    by Shaun of the Dead

    if Pegg and Gervais are in, I'm there NO MATTER who else is in, what the trailers look like or what the reviews say. I love those two guys UNCONDITIONALLY so my arse (I'm British, y'see) is already booking it's seat.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Super Annoying Post, WE Can't Read It

    by cowboyone

    WTF is the point?

  • June 17, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Shaun of the Dead

    Do you mean me..?

  • June 17, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    British soil/Declaration of Independence

    by RenoNevada2000

    If that is the least clever idea in the script, it will be brilliant. If that is the cleverest idea in the script, it will still be brilliant.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Get Zemeckis.

    by Knuckleduster

    If only we can drag him away from this mo-cap obsession for a little while...

  • June 17, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Get Keira Knightley for Morgana

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    It would be fun to see her play a villainess

  • June 17, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Care to fill us in with more info about the script and its writers? This could be another "Cast Of Characters" versus "League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Blah. The thing is, with so many people writing scripts today there is huge potential for coincidence so the proof that a writer had prior contact with another writer's script needs to be incontrovertible...

  • June 17, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Does anyone else find the whole English angle a little worrying. It is a Hollywood film after all. If most of the central cast are English, I can imagine a studio exec trying to amp up the American angle in dodgy ways. And of course, there's probably only one person people would like to see direct this. Edgar Wright. I can sort of imagine this being quite tiresome if they got the wrong director...

  • June 17, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Dear God I must read this

    by epitone

    Drew, any way you could give some kind of cryptic clue as to its download location, perhaps using cockney rhyming slang or something like that?

  • June 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by epitone

    Please get someone capable to direct this. Not Shawn Levy. Not some "he's hot this exact second" action guy like Len Wiseman. Please make it someone with actual filmmaking experience. I bet Richard Donner still has another one in him.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    And one last thing...

    by epitone

    PLEASE let the celebrity knight be Judi Dench. You know she'd do it.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Alen Smithee

    And Ringo will play his squire

  • June 17, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Richard Donner still has another one in him...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Donner, Zemeckis and such are obsolete old men. Sure, occasionally the fogies will buck the trend. But after a certain age you become too tired to force yourself to be good. I was considering that Dreamcatcher film recently, because of Kasdan and Robotech. The screenplay was written by William Goldman! He used to be great. And in many ways so was Kasdan. But not any more...

  • June 17, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The incessant use of "amazing" is far worse than "awesome"

    by gruntybear

    Harlan's petty rant against the word "awesome" should actually be applied to the word "amazing" instead. Fucking 20-something millenials think that their last non-fat mocha-latte, anything that passes Thom Yorke's lips, their last fourteen Twitters, callbacks referencing sucking someone else's milkshake and their daily constitutionals are all equally A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. OMG. Fuck them in the ear.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by JustThisGuy

    anybody know where to find this online? Or is it time to go trolling the profiles of imdb script traders?

  • June 17, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    zero interest

    by kabong

    Come up with something good . . . or get out of the way.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by Alex Wilder

    What does Stardust have anything to do with BKV's script? You do realize that Matthew Vaughn and Brian K. Vaughan are two different people, right? And that Stardust,the novel, (originally, before the graphic version) was written by Neil Gaiman?

  • June 17, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    This idea might of worked....if....

    by football

    ...they hadn't lazily transported it to Manhatten. WTF!! Surely the curse stands regardless of some illegal piece of paper called the Declaration of Independence!! Surely the boat he travels in doesn't have English soil in it!! And the Americas wasn't and never has been England. Anyway, this sounds sucky.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    like an interesting idea that could make a funny movie...but... doesn't have that certain umphf that "Back to the Future" had. It might turn into a MIB...but that's about it.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Brian K. Vaughan is a God

    by kingben

    best writer in comics right now.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This sounds...

    by 1st and only

    too good to be true...I know you're guessing but Gervais AND pegg AND Wright will never happen in a hollywood movie(it should though...oh AND Russell Brand should have a part!)

  • June 17, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Sounds fun. Twain-like

    by GazaStripper

    As long as they don't market it towards twelve year olds. And I second Judy Dench as the celebrity knight. It doesn't sound as depressing as a Connecticut Yankee in King Arther's Court.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Alfred Einstein

    It's pretty obvious if you think about it.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Sir My Balls of Scrotum

    by JimCurry

    Yeah, my BALLS should be a lead character in this turkey.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by epitone

    If you think that a single major spec script sale EVER happens in Hollywood without a dozen guys claiming that their idea was stolen, then you are hilariously naive about how things work in this town.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... it's not Sean Connery, and sorry I chapped your ass. No matter what I do, someone shows up to cry about it, so pardon me if I'm no longer concerned with making every single person happy, since it's impossible. If I err on the side of caution occasionally, then so be it. You calling me "lame" isn't going to affect that decision making process, cuddles.

  • June 18, 2008, 1 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... sorry, but unless (A) I read this other alleged script, which I haven't and (B) this turns into an actual issue and not just one more case out of ten million of similar concepts getting one writer's panties in a bunch when another writer sticks the landing, I won't be following up on it. Like Epitone said, it's easy to make these accusations, and it happens with EVERYTHING. But nine-point-nine times out of ten, it turns out that there's no chain of custody that would have made it possible for any theft, and what you're dealing with are two writers with similar ideas. Happens constantly. It's happened to me. I just didn't throw a tantrum and sue someone over it.

  • June 18, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Mori's right

    by the podosphere

    There's something about story ideas being in the ether.... <p> Merlin's pretty well-mined territory. Bringing magic into the present is a rather common plot device. The idea of actors getting stuck doing the real thing - Galaxy Quest, Tropic Thunder - has been done. For it to be a ripoff, there would have to be apparent wholesale lifting. <p> If someone around here has a copy of the other script maybe they should drop a copy to Mori. <p> A regular on this board keeps repeating that Diablo Cody ripped off some Korean movie. I checked the imdb for the plot of the supposedly wronged film, and it's different enough that Diablo was most definitely not ripping it off. Anyone can pen a script about a pregnant teenager, so the question has to be, is the execution here different? Just from the basic outline of the plot, it most definitely was. The Korean film was about a girl and her boyfriend trying to hide a pregnancy. Diablo's Juno most definitely did not try to do that. <p> Scripts can be copyrighted. Titles and undeveloped ideas cannot be defensibly copyrighted. So unless the first set of writers wants to take it to court, there's really no issue here.

  • June 18, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    when you he msg'd you

    by kungfuhustler84

    my first thought was "sorry about that diarrhea"

  • June 18, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Is it Elton John?

    by kungfuhustler84

    that would be cool.

  • June 19, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by PumpyMcAss

    Stardust - from this brief description provided by Moriarty - in my opinion has a lot to do with this Merlin-movie-with-a-self-conscious-twist movie. Hmmmm...sounds kind of like a Princess Bride-y/Stardust-y kind of movie, wouldn't you say? It had nothing to do w/ fucking up names. B Vaughan is the amazing Ex and Y: guy and M Vaughan is the guy who made that piece of shit called Stardust that was ever so adoragay.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by baghead

    I already posted that for crying out loud.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Cast/Director

    by Cobb05

    Well, if we have Simon Pegg, Ricky Gervais and Michael Caine, who would the 4th Knight be? Also I think Edgar Wright would be a good choice, but I also think that Gore Verbinski, Sam Raimi or Peter Jackson would be great choices too. Or maybe the director of Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy. He did a good job on that and also Son of Rambow.

  • June 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I figured out the cast!

    by Cobb05

    Obviously Sir Simon and Sir Ricky were named after the actors who would play them. Edmund through me off. The only funny English guy I could think of with Ed in his name is Eddie Izzard and with the rest of the knights, he fits perfectly. And you could really see him playing a billionaire who never had to work for anything. So the knights are: Sir Simon = Simon Pegg Sir Ricky = Ricky Gervais Sir Edmund = Eddie Izzard Sir Michael Caine = Himself That's possibly one of the best casts in movie history. Eddie Izzard hasn't really shined in many comedies, but the guy is hysterical. If the script is as good as the cast, this could be amazing. My choice for Merlin, John Cleese or Eric Idol. And depending on how old they want Morgana to be, I'd go with Cate Blanchette.