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King Arthur Trades Magic for History

"Realistic" isn't an adjective often associated with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, but The Hollywood Reporter says the man who never met an explosion he didn't like wants to deliver a Knights of the Round Table movie steeped in real, legitimate history. Bruckheimer has enlisted "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua and "Croupier" star Clive Owen to bring "King Arthur" to life. The film will likely follow the same semi-historically-accurate path that brought riches and accolades to "Braveheart" and "Gladiator," focusing on the politics of the period rather than stories of Arthur plucking swords from rocks and Merlin bedazzling the kingdom with spells.

In pursuing the realistic route, Bruckheimer, it appears, is taking advice from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail:"

"Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."

Well put.

Production on "King Arthur" begins in the spring. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on May 13, 2003 10:09 PM
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