Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Excalibur": Behold The Sword Of Power

Director Bryan "Superman Returns" Singer is attached to remake director John Boorman's 1981 fantasy feature "Excalibur" retelling the legend of 'King Arthur':

The original "Excalibur" screenplay was written by Rospo Pallenberg and Boorman, as an adaptation of Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" (1469-70), with 'Arthur'
presented as a 'wounded king', whose realm becomes a wasteland, then reborn thanks to the 'Grail'.

"My film has to do with mythical truth, not historical truth," Boorman said. "The coming of Christian man and the disappearance of the old religions which are represented by 'Merlin'. 

"The forces of superstition and magic are swallowed up into the unconscious."

Several new elements were added to the film's story including 'King Uther' wielding the 'sword of power' before the birth of Arthur and the concept of the world as 'the dragon'.

Music soundtrack is by Trevor Jones, including works from Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" played during battle sequences.

A portion of the 'Siegfried Funeral March' from "Götterdämmerung" is also used as the main theme music over the opening and closing credits.

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