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Guy Ritchie's King Arthur franchise 'to be scrapped'

16 May 2017

"The first time around when I did The Man From Uncle, Guy said it's going to be small and I'll make you look a little bit ugly, so I said, 'Great, that's ideal.' But I've been a sportsman for the last 22 years, so to be on the set of King Arthur and have Guy say, 'With this, you're going to have a few more lines.' I was like, okay". Same results and something Ritchie and Warner Bros. could have learned from.

Studio estimates on Sunday say director Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" opened to a bleak $14.7 million from more than 3,700 locations against a costly $175 million production budget.

There is also a clip here featuring Charlie Hunnam describing "Northumbria" as his big secret in Britain.

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Warner Bros. desperately wants to be in the blockbuster franchise business, to the near exclusion of all other kinds of movies.

Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E, which was released in 2015 and based on the 1960's television series of the same name, similarly failed to impress at the box-office making $109.8m off of a $75m budget.

While King Arthur fared slightly better overseas, adding another $29.1 million, the film is nearly certainly a flop for Warner Bros., and yet another addition to the growing list of cautionary tales that litter the floor of the tentpole factory that is the modern studio system. "PECLB001453-topic.html" class="local_link" >Robert Downey Jr.

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Unfortunately, "King Arthur" also bears the fingerprints of a lot of desperate studio tinkering.

"It isn't particularly surprising that "King Arthur" flopped in North America", a Wall Street analyst of MKM Partners told The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros.' slate for the rest of 2017 look more promising, with the upcoming DC Comics' superhero films Wonder Woman and Justice League later this year, as well as Christopher Nolan's World War II Dunkirk drama. The movie was made with a modest $42 million, but it still hoped for a bigger cume. Since then, Warners has changed the title of his film once, changed the release date four times (it was initially supposed to come out last July, when it would have been clobbered by the likes of "Star Trek Beyond" and even "Ghostbusters"), and scrapped a planned IMAX version. The story just doesn't seem to resonate here anymore and someone tries to resurrect it seemingly every five to 10 years. Updated with final weekend numbers.

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