Variety has confirmed a Pajiba scoop that Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie is attached to direct a new King Arthur project at Warner Bros. Pictures. John Hodge (Trainspotting) will write the script for Atlas Entertainment and Hollywood Gang.
The project is a re-imagining of the legend of Arthur, believed to have been a 6th century king who defended Britain against Saxon invaders. The key source material for the film will be Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur," published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales.
Hodge is working on the script with Ritchie.
Producers are Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari, Atlas' Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Hollywood Gang's Craig J. Flores exec producing.