Bryan Singer’s Excalibur Is Shelved

Excalibur is no more, but the X-Men director exclusively reveals his plans for a new online genre show…

Announced two years ago, Bryan Singer’s update on John Boorman’s epic 1981 spin on the King Arthur legend Excalibur now seems to have fallen through, as the filmmaker explains to SFX at the annual Sitges Film Festival.

“Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen,” he says. “I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after Jack The Giant Killer was completed. The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of Excalibur ended up being negated. But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing Battlestar Galactica – which I think will be really exciting.”

Also on Singer’s radar is a new internet project, which he is quick to enthuse about to SFX

“This is going to be really cool,” he states. “I am producing this internet series called H Plus. There are going to be around 40 to 50 episodes, broadcast exclusively on the internet, and each one is going to last for just three to six minutes. It is quite addictive. I like to describe it as an apocalyptic, technological story… technology gone wrong: it is totally science fiction. It also tells the story in a  non-linear fashion so, as you experience it on the internet, it jumps around a bit. However, it all coalesces the more you watch. It is new thing that we did with Warner digital and Dolphin media and it should be ready soon.”

Calum Waddell