X-Men director Bryan Singer developing Excalibur remake

Bryan Singer is reportedly attached to remake the 1981 John Boorman movie about King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable.

The project is still in the early stages, with Warners tying up the remake rights, which it shares with Boorman. The matter of Singer’s involvement is still in talks.

The 1981 movie starred Nigel Terry as Arthur and Cherie Lunghi as Guenevere and featured early performances from Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart and Gabriel Byrne, as well as a co-starring performance by Helen Mirren. In gritty and dramatic fashion, the movie told the well-known myth of the young man who draws the sword Excalibur from a stone, is mentored by Merlin, establishes Camelot, loses his wife, Guenevere, to his best friend, Lancelot, and engages in the quest for the Holy Grail.

Singer’s “Excalibur” will be a more epic fantasy version compared with the earthy Clive Owen-starring “King Arthur” released by Disney/Touchstone in 2004.