One of the more notable big-budget flops of recent years was Guy Ritchie’s 2017 feature “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the medieval fantasy epic scored mixed reviews and weak box-office.
That film’s star Charlie Hunnam re-teamed with Ritchie recently for “The Gentlemen,” the crime comedy which has scored far better reviews and will open in the United States shortly. Doing promotional rounds for that film, he talked briefly about the failure of “King Arthur”.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, he revealed that if there was one film he’d like to go back and redo again it’s ‘Arthur’ and he puts the failure on a piece of miscasting for a character who was key to the main plot. He goes on to say the character is no longer in the film which would explain why the film has a bit of a cobbled-together feel:
“I’d like to go back to King Arthur because there’s a lot of things went wrong during that and a lot of things that were out of our control. I just don’t think we ended up matching the aspiration – we just didn’t quite make the movie we wanted.
The idea was that if it was a success, we would’ve made several of those films, and I’m really captivated by the Arthurian legends and I just feel like we really missed an opportunity to tell a long-form story. There was a piece of miscasting that ended up crippling the central story line. It’s actually not in the film anymore.”
Hunnam avoided naming the actor or role he feels didn’t work, but of course that has become the million-dollar question. The film was meant to be the first in a six-film franchise, but with a costly $175 million budget and earning just $148 million at the box-office, it was a misfire for all involved.