Eager for King Arthur Revisionism? Here Comes 'Galahad' (Blog)

Category: | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: March 11, 2008 | Publication: Cinematical | Author: Elisabeth Rappe
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Revisionism and remakes, those are the buzz words these days. The Hollywood Reporter posts that the Film Department, the indie production company run by Mark Gill and Neil Sacker, won the bidding war for Galahad, a revisionist version of the classic King Arthur story.

Is it really edgy to revise King Arthur anymore? We've already had the ultra-feminist version with Mists of Avalon; we recently saw the "historical" version with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. I suppose we haven't had a version yet that changes all the names -- and here it is. Galahad portrays King Arthur as an aging, cowardly king, who is murdered by the young and ambitious Queen Guinevere. She blames the crime on Sir Galahad, who must escape this death sentence, vanquish the forces of evil, and return Camelot to its former glory.

Call me crazy, but I would just like an ordinary version -- with Merlin, Morgan LeFay, the forbidden passion of Lancelot and Guinevere, and Arthur as the Once and Future King. Is Excalibur (which I always found too nightmarish, but I do respect it as a solid attempt) the only one we're ever going to get? It can't all end with Clive Owen, can it?

The Film Department is confident that the actor's strike won't harm their fledgling production, as the SAG will grant companies like them a waiver. Interestingly, the company is also set to begin shooting Gerard Butler's Law Abiding Citizen with the actor's new Evil Twins shingle. Galahad + Gerard Butler makes me wonder if he'll wind up producing and playing that pure and chivalrous knight. He's fond of the sword genre, especially if it has a revisionist edge. I wouldn't be surprised -- and you will have heard it here first.