From Bryan Singer To Warren Ellis—Comic Creators Take On King Arthur And 'Excalibur'

ExcaliburBryan Singer's plate is pretty darn full. Even if he doesn't return to the "Superman" franchise, he's currently attached to some other high-profile properties—potentially including the "X-Men: First Class" directing gig. Recently, he added yet another project to the pile with a re-imagining of John Boorman's classic King Arthur film "Excalibur."

But it isn't the mere fact that Singer is looking to produce and direct a King Arthur-era movie that's worth noting here. For some reason, there seems to be a surprising amount of comics-savvy creators flocking to the Arthurian legend in some way, shape or form.

Just last month, it was revealed that "Transmetropolitan" writer Warren Ellis is scripting a currently untitled King Arthur movie. Ellis noted on his blog that his project is different from Singer's, effectively dispelling any hopes that the one-time "X-Men" director and the "Astonishing X-Men" writer would be in cahoots on the same film.

But Ellis isn't the only comics writer taking a stab at the Arthurian legend. For some time, "Y: The Last Man" scribe Brian K. Vaughan has been attached to "Roundtable," an action-comedy update on the King Arthur story that has Merlin assembling modern-day knights to combat an ancient villain. Clearly, this isn't the film that Singer is set out to make, either.

And that's still not the only Arthur-inspired film that has comic book roots. John Woo is still attached to direct "Caliber," another retelling of the Arthurian legend, but set in the American Wild West. Based on a Radical Publishing miniseries, the story focuses on a magical pistol meant to be used by only one man—just like Excalibur and its wielder, King Arthur.

It's not hard to understand the appeal of the Arthurian mythos to comics-minded people: there's the mythical aspect, a plethora of dynamic characters and the chance to reinterpret a classic legend. But with Singer, Ellis, Vaughan and Woo all working on different King Arthur projects at the same time, it's almost too good to be coincidental. Somewhere out there, Merlin is most assuredly working his magic.

What's the deal with all of the King Arthur interest? Of the above-mentioned projects, which one do you want to see the most? Let us know in the comments section!