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STEVEN SPIELBERG TO RECREATE THE CHIVALROUS WORLD OF CAMELOT


July 16, 2002
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There's an interesting new screen combination in the pipeline, with epic film-maker Steven Spielberg gearing up to tackle the eternally appealing myth of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

The latest projected ouevre from the Spielberg Dreamworks/HBO stable is an eight-hour mini-series for television, and word is that British actors are to be cast for the medieval/magical tale, a blend of historical fact, chivalry and romance.

The compelling story centres around the intertwined figures of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, who command the court of Camelot, and Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the chivalrous Round Table Knights.

It's a tale which has inspired generations of children and adults alike, and in the film world, everyone from Disney to the irreverent Monty Python crew has contributed their take.

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, who played Arthur's father Uther Pendragon in 1981's Excalibur - another telling of the Camelot legend - is whispered to be in line for the role of King Arthur.

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Gabriel Byrne, who played Arthur's father Uther Pendragon in 1981's Excalibur, is tipped to be in line for the role of King Arthur this time round
Photo: © Alphapress.com
Stirling Castle in Scotland is being mooted as one of the possible locations for the compelling tale of chivalry and romance