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GI JOE: RESOLUTE’s Warren Ellis Scripting New Knight-Centric King Arthur Movie For The 300 Producers!!

Published at: July 27, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST by hercules

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The brilliant funnybook writer and novelist Warren Ellis (“The Authority,” “Global Frequency,” “Planetary,” “Astonishing X-Men,” “Ignition City,” “Mek,” “Red,” “Reload,” “Iron Man: Extremis,” “newuniversal,” “Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Ultimate Galactus,” “Ocean,” “Orbiter,” “Jack Cross,” “Ministry of Space,” “Fell,” “Gravel,” “Dark Blue,” “Scars,” “Wolfskin,” “Blackgas,” “FreakAngels,” “No Hero”), is writing a movie for the guys behind “300.” From warrenellis.com:
I was actually cleared to talk about this at San Diego, but all the press I did there was Japanese-oriented for the Marvel Anime deal… so I’m going to mention it here, to say I did, and to maybe make up for that by giving the comics news sites something to post post-SDCC. I’m writing a film treatment for Hollywood Gang, who co-produced Frank Miller’s 300. Hollywood Gang have previously optioned my graphic novel (with Chris Sprouse) OCEAN. On my desk, the treatment is called Untitled Arthurian Project. On their desk, the project is called EXCALIBUR. I’m working directly with Gianni Nunnari, Oliver Kramer and Craig Flores (whom I was delighted to bump into on the Warner’s lot the other day) and having a great time. So… yeah. Movie stuff. Other things to talk about soon. I’ve been sitting on that one for months.
Ellis tells AICN exclusively:
'Untitled Arthurian Project,' as I call it (just so I can't feel John Boorman's EXCALIBUR looming down at me from my DVD shelf), differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.
Ellis, who scripted the recent super-violent “GI Joe: Resolute” cartoon movie, also revealed to AICN a few more details about those Marvel cartoon series he's working on for Japanese TV:
WOLVERINE and IRON MAN are 13 episodes each. I'm not actually scripting, but providing detailed storylines for each episode, which will then be handed to a Japanese scripter at Madhouse. IRON MAN leads into WOLVERINE.
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  • July 27, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Hell yeah.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Second!

    by Orbots Commander

    Hey, (shrugs) taking the silver is nice too.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Resolute Sucked

    by jackshephard

    Resolute started out cool, but man it blew by the midway point.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Scriptgirl told us all about this last week.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    should have scripted the GI Joe RoC movie.

    by Stalkeye

    And Resolute did not suck!

  • July 27, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    ARTHUR and the KNIGHTS OF JUSTICE!!

    by NivekJ

    Pushing evil down!! Ellis can do no wrong by me - I find GI JOE Resolute to be one of the year's best films. <p>If you ever get the chance, look up the aforementioned TV show; it's kind of Power Rangers mixed with the King Arthur legend. Whatever Ellis is working on, he needs to drop that, and make a "Resolute"-version of that!

  • July 27, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    They should make a TRANSFORMERS: RESOLUTE

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Based off the original series...continuing from it, even.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Transmetropolitan

    by ev1ldead

    Copy and paste that herc. It may be Ellis' most important work and you always forget to mention it.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it's no First Knight.

    by rev_skarekroe

    I'm glad Arthur gave the crown back to Zorro at the end of that one.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    A "game changer" "epic masterpiece "

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    "The greatest movie ever made" "I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated" "Revolutionary" "This generations Star Wars" "Like dreaming with your eyes open" "Photo realistic CGI mind blowing" The second coming of Christ" "Eyeball fucking mayhem"

  • July 27, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis is the goods.

    by StrokerX

    Loving, No Hero.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    The dialogue in GI JOE Resolute was EPIC

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    ...........shit.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    i second the Resolute suckage sentiment.

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    that shit was fucking weak.

  • In case people actually want to see them. Iron Man looks pretty cool. Wolverine looks... well... at least he has claws pop out of his hands... so it's got that going for it.<br><br> Iron Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzk3XT_kC7A Wolverine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DsQT2tYSdk

  • July 27, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Wow, I have not read a single one of those comics

    by Frisco

    The early-mid 90s ruined me as a comics fan, apparently. And yes, I think Venom is lame. And YES, get off my lawn!

  • July 27, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Resolute was awesome, WHERE IS THE DVD.

    by NinjaRap

    Pretty shocked any G.I. Joe fan would really think it truly sucked, well, unless you're a hardcore Snake Eyes/Scarlett 'shipper I guess... then it'd make sense.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    New King Arthur Movie Huh?

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    They are gonna have to work VERY hard for this flick to be better than John Boorman's EXCALIBUR.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    GI Joe: Resolute was "okay"....

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I Tivoed it, but things kept coming up, so I kept pushing back actually watching it. By the time I did, I had heard all sorts of fan boys ravings about how it was the second coming of GI JOE and how it was utter brilliance by Ellis. So maybe all of the usual geek hyperbole set me up to be a bit disappointed -- which I was. It had some fun bits, I thought it was "okay", but I wouldn't say it was all THAT. It certainly wasn't worth the ravings that others give it, though maybe that can be partially excused because I'm sure there were certain fan segments that were simply happy to see the characters back on screen again.<p>To me, GI JOE: RESOLUTE seemed like just another victim of internet hyperbole, which is become all too problematic since creators and studios and marketing firms are obviously going online and out of their way to work over people any way they can, to get ANY kind of momentum going. As I mentioned in the IRON MAN Con thread the other day, I had the same experience with THE DARK KNIGHT, where I likewise didn't get a chance to see it until the tail end of its run and after all the hype had gone through the roof. The result: I liked it, but (again) after hearing SO much praise, I didn't think it was the second coming.<p>So, I wish Ellis well with this. Though frankly, as a writer, he's always hit or miss with me. Sometimes he has great ideas, other times it just seems like a creative wank fest with no real point or it was clearly something he did to pick up a paycheck. And unless he's got a great hook worked out for WHY the Arthurian knights came together -- something REALLY brilliant and TRULY original -- I can't see why I'd care too much about this project.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis is a ManGod

    by DOGSOUP

    And he will fuck each and every one of us just to prove that right.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Well I guess the only actor who can tackle Merlin

    by skimn

    in the same league as Nicol Williamson, will be the 'ol stand by, Sir Ian McKellen.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    One of my most favourite comic writers BUT

    by ominus

    he nearly destroyed the iron man comic,with his extremis reboot. <p>luckily marvel acknowledged this mistake,and they are trying to retcon this fiasko.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    the japanese get all the good stuff

    by pipergates

  • July 27, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    William Gravel should become a movie

    by ominus

    more badass magician,than constantine and saruman put together.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Herc! TRANSMET! Geez!

    by DOGSOUP

    Nevermind, I don't want any Fox studio type fuckwer thinking it would be a great movie franchise for the preteen set. Transmetropolitan is perfect the way it is. Anyway as for the anime projects, Iron Man could work. I'm not a Wolverine purist by any stretch but that just didn't seem like Wolverine at all. The single defining characteristic was the claws other than that it was a total stranger. Ellis is still a ManGod though....

  • July 27, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah I could use the resolute Blu Ray right about now.

    by ganymede3010

    I can never get enough of adult animation.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    ganymede - re: adult animation

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    see: Baccano! showcasing how 'adult' animation need not sacrifice 'quality.'

  • July 27, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    iron man anime? Fuck yes!

    by lex romero

    I've been wanting some decent marvel animations for an eternity. Something with the kind of epic battles superheroes are capable of that we see in comics, but can't really but done the same in live action films. Iron man really does look at home in anime. <br><br> Now how about some more. Iron Fist anime perhaps?

  • July 27, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    YOU CANNOT CALL THIS EXCALIBUR

    by Mullah Omar

    The shadow of the Boorman film is too large. <br> <br> So I suggest you stand in Dudley Moore's shadow and call it ARTHUR: OUT OF THE ROCK.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Finally something new!

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Fuck. Also, people who post and post and post the same fucking thing on these boards are just begging to be shot in the face.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    WINTER KING! WINTER KING!

    by tile_mcgillus

    Why do they keep fucking ruining all their shots at Arthur when someone has already tackled and conquered it with the Warlord Chronicles. Bernard Cornwell FTW!

  • July 27, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    should read

    by frank cotton

    YET ANOTHER...

  • July 27, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Hmmm....

    by SunTzu77

    I doubt this will even come close to Boorman's Excalibur. We'll see.

  • July 27, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Camelot 3000. Would be more interesting.

    by Dingbatty

    Resolute was good as a counterpoint to the the laughable live-actioner. Ellis might not "get" ARAH, but at least it was more faithful to the aesthetic and level of fantasy/scifi, despite mixing in garbage from the cartoon. A straight up adaptation of Hama's version as a toon would be preferable.

  • July 27, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    camelot 300 yes

    by mr. smith

    sadly far too cool and obscure to actually get done, but lovely idea...

  • July 27, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    tile_mcgillus,

    by raw_bean

    I'm with you there mate. I much prefer Cornwell's plausible historical novel feel with an attempt to be correct to the right period, over the romantic quasi-mediaeval no-time that the story has become set in since the French got hold of it. But I doubt anyone would go for a big screen version like this, especially after the mess that was the most recent 'Arthur' that tried for a similar approach.

  • I wonder if my copyright on the concept which was registered two years ago is enforceable. Guess I'll find out.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    So, of course the natural question is...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Why didn't the guy who did the best FUCKING GI Joe script do the FUCKING GI Joe feature film?! Imagine that...a comic book guy writing a comic book movie!<p> I'm sitting here hundreds of miles from Shithead Central (Hollywood), I don't earn a dime off of this, but I'm still out-thinking a typical movie producer or studio head...that's what billions of dollars and hundreds of tons of cocaine does to a 'tard's brain.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Its weird how GI Joe looks all anime now.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Kinda awkward.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    GI JOE Resolute had TUNNEL RAT, but NO BIG LOB

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Think about that.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    That made my ears prick up!

    by AmericanWerewolf

    Warren Ellis is indeed a god among comic writers, and I'm always interested in seeing something good done with Arthurian legend, but I have a hard time imagining even he can save those damn anime projects.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Arthurian Legend

    by thedarklinglord

    Would really be better suited to an epic, high production value cable series similar to Deadwood, Rome, etc. There's a wealth of material there, but it always gets cut down to bare bones - and sometimes beyond - when you try to cram it into a 2-hour movie. I'd fucking love to see them do the whole mythos justice by telling it over 36+ 1-hour episodes. It's the only way they'd ever really give depth and personality to the knights, while still telling the traditional rise to power of Arthur. Boorman's EXCALIBUR is frickin' badass, and I can't imagine anyone telling that story better. But I'd love to see someone come along and tell the stories, adventures, and individual exploits of the knights - basically everything that wasn't told in EXCALIBUR - and do it with a very adult, mature tone (none of that PG-13 crap) with all the sex and violence intact. With the right talent attached and a proper budget, I think it could be a massive hit.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    This Is cool news.

    by Mr Soze

    We need something like the early 80's Excalibur movie.

  • July 27, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Freak Angels is awesome

    by yomomma

    It's a webcomic, basically tells the story of what would happen if the Children of the Damned grew up. Good Stuff. They need to just make a movie out of this!

  • July 27, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Transmetropolitan

    by Donny Loggins

    Just joining in letting Herc know to read or at least mention the best thing Ellis ever did.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Tunnel Rat was based on / was a tribute to

    by Dingbatty

    Larry Hama. Big Lob was based on a big turd, and is a shitty attempt at a recurring joke. Think about that.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Forget Arthur-Do the Song of Roland

    by Ingeld

    That is an epic. Roland, Charlemagne, the 12 peers, Ogier the Dane, Oliver, Bishop Turpin, Marsillion and Oliphant. 10,000 Franks, 35,000 Moors. Epic battles, tragic heroes it could provide both view points that see war as heroic, glorious and meaningful and tragic, foolish and wasteful. The Muslim/Christian conflict could be gone over to give both sides. Come on, do it.

  • Very few of them have been successful and theres only so much you can do with it.

  • July 27, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS: RESOLUTE

    by BRUTICUS

    would kick ass!!!I think they should do a prequel to more than meets the eye

  • July 27, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Transmetropolitan

    by landosystem

    Best comic series since Watchmen, but this site knows not of it...

  • July 27, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Maybe a 25% Chance of Making it to the Screen

    by nexxus7

    I checked out the producers on IMDB. They have about 10 projects "in development" including an Odysseus and a Marco Polo project. A Clash of the Ti... I mean War of the Gods project and a prequel to 300. Which is basically a code words for throw spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. Of all those, a 300 prequel stands the best chance of making it to the screen first based on the performance of the first one. Even though Boorman's Excalibur was a great movie it wasn't a money-maker in theatrical release. None of the recent Arthurian-legend movies have been hits and there are a couple of others Arthurian movies "in development". So my guess is if you see this at all it will be 2012 at the earliest.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    why?

    by Hafsol

    Everytime AICN talks about Ellis they list alot of his work but always neglect Transmetropolitan...

  • July 28, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    No Winter King...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...no fucking point.<p>I agree with tile_mcgillus and raw_bean - Bernard Cornwell has laid down the ultimate version of the Arthur story. Balls to round tables, fair maidens, questing beasts and all the other shit that Mallory pinned on the original Welsh stories, let's have Derfel, Nimue and the finest Merlin of them all!<p>Harry can play King Mark of Kernow...

  • July 28, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    BRUTICUS

    by Dingbatty

    Hasbro said that if Resolute did well, they'd consider a Transformers done in that style. Hasbro is in development with Discovery to create their own tv channel. Cartoon Network screwed Hasbro in how they aired Transformers: Animated, hence it's departure, and rushed third season.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    King Arthur poorly served by Hollywood

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Boorman's Excalibur was the best stab (ahem) at the legend, but it still fell short. The last attempt was King Arthur and that was dire, and the less said about BBC's Merlin shite the better. This needs to be on the scale of Jackson's Lord of the Rings in terms of visuals and ambition. Oh, does anyone (reading this from the UK) remember a short film which was included at the begning of the original theatrical run of Empire Strikes back in 1980 of a knight being haunted by a beautfiul ghostly woman which led him to his doom? It was very Exclaibur like. I've looked on the internet but never found what this was called...

  • July 28, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Two ways for TRANSFORMERS: RESOLUTE

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    First, I hope they call it TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 1, instead of Resolute...but same general idea of a mature take on the material, it would kick so much ass. <BR><BR> 1. Have the storyline take place sometime DURING the Generation 1 seasons. The benefit is that we would get to see original Megatron. The negative is that no almost no robot characters could be killed off...unless they pick some characters that disappeared during the original seasons.<BR><BR> 2. CONTINUE where the series left off in 1987. That means no Megatron, but we get Galvatron. Starscream would still be around. the benefit is that you could do anything you want, kill off any robot characters. I like this idea.<BR><BR> (Yes I am daydreaming, as there is no Transformers Resolute, but its awesome idea.)

  • July 28, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Hardcore violence was not what GI Joe needed

    by IndustryKiller!

    But leave it to fanboys to be so base. What GI Joe needs to be updated to tday has nothing to do with throats being cut onscreen, what it needs is writing that matches what we expect from todays material. Some guys actually getting hit by the guns would be cool, and characters dying toa dd suspense, but here is no reason it can't be just as cool being relatively kid friendly. The spirit of the series is certainly not, nor was it ever meant to be, R rated.

  • July 28, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    In Resolute, does Snake Eye's answer a Garfield phone?

    by savagedave

    Or eat some steamed crabs?

  • July 28, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Stupid superfluous apostrophe!

    by savagedave

    Edit button Harry, for the love of god!

  • July 28, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Script girls needs to keep her opinions in her bra

    by barnaby jones

    cos i don't wanna hear it. Just see it.

  • July 28, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Excalibur, the real one, is Arthurian perfection

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And it's good to look back to see so many stars in early blink and you miss roles: Griffin Dunne, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson... There is only one Excalibur.

  • July 28, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Bernard Cornwell

    by Andyb77

    A Bernard Cornwell series of Arthur would be great for HBO. A series about the Saxon Chronicles would be better.

  • July 28, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I don't understand...

    by Andyb77

    the love for the original Excalibur. The soundtrack was good, but it was so historically off base it is laughable. The 2004 King Arthur was much closer historically to Arthur and the proper time period. I've never understood the hate for the most recent movie and the worshipping of Excalibur.

  • July 28, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Re: Helen Mirren

    by skimn

    And if you want to see proof why Mirren is a GILF (remember those swimsuit images that came out a few months back), check her out in Excalibur...<p>Why the love for Excalibur...? Because it feels like a tale, a legend, not just another mooovie. And Williamson's Merlin is wonderful.

  • July 28, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    To cover all the bases...

    by Mr.FTW

    Tis could be really awesome, there really needs to be a new Arthur story. I enjoyed the one with Clive Owen and even the Last Legion but I want an Arthur story filled with magic not realism. The Boorman Excaliber was good for it's time but guys it has not aged well. I know its a beloved classic but it looks and feels old and the voice over dub on Arthur was horrible when it first came out and almost unbearable now.<p> IndustryKiller!, I get where you're coming from but the G.I.Joe comic by Larry Hama while not "rated R" it was very grown up and not really for kids. There is plenty of G.I.Joe kid friendly stuff out there, the original cartoon, Sigma 6 and even the new movie. Resolute wasn't made for kids, it was made for the fans of both the comic and original cartoon and blended those worlds together. There is plenty of stuff out there for the kids but it's nice to see a property like that grow up with the fan base that has kept it alive.<p> The Marvel anime project look awesome and based on the quality of animation alone I can't belive people are bitching aboout them If anime isn't your thing that fine but with the animation and Ellis plotting the stories they could be really awesome, just because Wolverine looks a little different doesn't mean it's crap people.

  • July 28, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Yes, Excalibur stands alone

    by Star Hump

    and it can never be exceeded. No studio, director, screenwriter, actors etc. can possibly top that movie in this day and age. The definitive King Arthur has been made. If you don't have a copy, get one today.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Kind of sad that Ellis doesn't even know what knights were

    by Thick McRunFast

    ...which is to say, thugs. Thugs who "protected" the peasantry in the same way that the mob "protected" local businesses (taking what they wanted in exchange for not killing them). If Ellis can write that story, a deconstruction of the knight mythos, that would be truly awesome.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Resolute was cool

    by MattmanReturns

    G.I. Joe isn't Shakespeare. Resolute had some good action and the violent tone suits G.I. Joe well (I always hated that no one died in G.I. Joe). Not sure what people were expecting from it.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    EXCALIBUR VS. KING ARTHUR

    by Mullah Omar

    EXCALIBUR is nowhere near flawless, but it's the best of its kind. I like how raw, dirty, and brutal it is. I also like the tone of it - it retains the magic and the menace of legend. I *do* think some parts of it could be improved - most knights unfortunately don't have much to do, and some of the story seems rushed. (On a related note, the idea mentioned above - a series focusing on the exploits of the knights could be excellent.) <br> <br> KING ARTHUR left me kind of cold. I loved Skarsgard as the villain a lot more than I liked sleepwalking Clive Owen as the hero. The re-imagining of Guinevere seemed like pandering to modern notions of "girl power". The absence of magic was also a letdown - I didn't want a documentary Arthur, I wanted the fantastic, magical Arthur of legend. I don't even remember what Merlin did during the film, which is not a good sign when you're telling the story of King Arthur. <br> <br> All in all, give me the gritty magic of EXCALIBUR over the updated pseudo-history of KING ARTHUR.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Girl-power Gywenhyvar wasn't too much

    by Dingbatty

    of a stretch, if the movie was supposed to exist in a quasi-mythical, mashed-up history milieu. Recall that warrior woman Scathach trained the Irish/Celtic hero Cuchullain in myth, and also remember the historical warrior women of the Sauromatian and Sarmatians.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Opinions vary.

    by AmericanWerewolf

    I loved Boorman's 1981 film- it was mesmerizing. I also kinda liked KA, if for no other reason than it focused on the knights as individual personalities. People either love the magic (like my wife), or they want the revisionism. Is there a happy medium? For a knights movie to be successful, it would need a stylish filmmaker, a spot on cast, and epic production value.

  • July 28, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Transmetropolitan > GI:Joe

    by DOGSOUP

    Any day of the week.

  • July 28, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Just as long as the dragon isn't a fuckin' metaphor.

    by Royston Lodge

    "Where's the dragon Merlin?"<p> "Right there. Can't you see it?"<p> "All I see is a little mist."<p> "That's the dragon!"<p> "Uh, Merlin, are ALL your potions made by boiling marijuana?

  • July 28, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    I'd love an Arthur tale that mixed Rome and magic.

    by Royston Lodge

    No reason you can't do both.<p> Just say that one of the reasons the Romans tried to subjugate Europe was because the 'barbarians' were into magic and shit, and the reason the Romans had to flee Britain was because magic kicks ass.<p> Then, make Arthur a Roman officer and make Merlin a Saxon shaman (or whatever) who convinces Arthur to stay by telling him he can bring peace to the British tribes and become the greated king.<p> Simple! Problem solved!

  • July 28, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns you're wrong

    by StrokerX

    How does it look anime? You see any HUGE anime eyes?<p> Just because the forms are slick and nicely designed doesnt mean "anime". That's just stupid. It's just evolving and thank god it is. What would you have it look like Kim Possible? No offense to Stephen Silver.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    StrokerX

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Back in the day, American comics and the G.I. Joe cartoon had a certain artstyle to me...distinct from say, Dragonball or Sailormoon or whatever.<BR><BR> GI Joe: Sigma and GI Joe: Resolute's artstyles remind me more of Robotech than good ol' Real American Hero. Thats all.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Why Excalibur succeeded

    by awardgiver

    with those of us who liked it, because of the ATMOSPHERE. Too many movies missing that these days, and it doesn't have to cost as much as the nation's GDP. I haven't seen King Arthur yet, but I hesitate that it has as much atmosphere as Excalibur. Boorman made it when he wasn't able to make Lord of the Rings, and that magic and atmosphere shines, even with the historical inaccuracies (like the plate mail armor). But its an entertaining film. And yes, Helen Mirren is stunning in it. Brilliant move to cast her with Nicole Williamson since they hated each other so much after their breakup. But get a kickass Merlin too: McKellan, Lee, or any old British geezer with gravitas! Captain Peacock from Are You Being Served? heh...

  • July 29, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    ellis links back to aicn

    by bacci40

    aicn is cool again

  • July 29, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Re: . I don't understand...

    by Parallaxmjm

    The reason people like the King Arthur legend is because it is a legend. People like the characters, the mythology, the mystical aspects of the story. That is why something like the Clive Owens version fails to register for most people (besides the fact that he can only play the same basic character it seems in every movie, regardless of the actual role). A historically accurate King Arthur story isn't what people want. They want the myth and legend. That's why Excalibur remains a cut above the rest.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    300 succeeded because...

    by NoHubris

    ... of three things IMHO: (1)it was a rarely told story -- unlike Arthur; 2) the production values; and 3) Gerad Butler played one heckuva Leonidas.<p>They have a great team behind this one, but I just wish they were doing different movie.<p>Still, if anyone can do a really fresh take on Arthur, it would be these guys.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    It's been said before...

    by AmericanWerewolf

    ...but Warren Ellis is the real deal. His involvement alone on this project makes me hope it sees the light of day. If they can maintain the action and atmosphere like they did on 300, this could be epic.

  • July 30, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    BIG LOB does not do slow-motion.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Even when the prettyboy Joes are twisting around in slow motion, BIG LOB must be running by at regular speed in his basketball shirt.

  • Aug. 7, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Why G.I. Joe is totally a chick flick!

    by digitallyblonde

    Check out my latest blog post >> I can prove it's a chick flick! www.digitallyblonde.com

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