Some movies are worth remaking. Maybe the original didn't live up to its potential, maybe there's a whole new approach to the material, or maybe the topic is suddenly relevant again. John Boorman's 1981 Excalibur is not one of those films. The original is great, it still stands the test of time, and there are more than enough King Arthur-related projects in the works that it's just not necessary. Apparently Warner Bros. agrees as they've given the axe to the remake The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer pitched them on back in 2009.
Singer tells SFX.co.uk [via Blastr] about the reason for the project is no more and it boils down to a simple case of the WB having another King Arthur film that was, "more ready to go into production than ours was." What film he's referring to, however, is unclear. Was it the one to be directed by Guy Ritchie and written by John Hodge (Trainspotting)? That one emerged back in 2010, but we haven't heard much from it since. Then there's a second King Arthur script that WB bought from Wedding Crashers scribe David Dobkin this past June. Considering the studio is reported to have paid a cool $2 million for the spec script, their commitment to it was probably the final nail in Excalibur's coffin.
Judging from his comments, though, Singer doesn't seem too bothered by the frozen flick because it freed him up to develop Universal's theorized big screen Battlestar Galactica. He doesn't give a precise update as to what's going on with that project, but considering he says he thinks it, "will be really exciting," it's safe to assume that it's still in some optimistic stage of development.
As for Singer's immediate future, he produced an experimental web series for Warner Digital. It's called H Plus and will consist of 40 or 50 short episodes (three to six minutes apiece) and is an apocalyptic story about technology gone wrong. That's about all we know, but we'll give anything the man responsible for the best X-Men films a fair shot.