NEW YORK – HBO and Steven Spielberg are planning to build the next Camelot.
The movie maker is teaming with the cable giant to create an eight-part, big-budget miniseries based on the life of King Arthur.
Spielberg’s last outing on HBO was the acclaimed World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, which he co-produced with Tom Hanks.
Arthur will deal with the mythology of King Arthur, Camelot and the knights of the Round Table. It also will reportedly mix the fable with documented accounts of the historic persons believed to have served as prototypes for the legends.
The new show was developed by Band of Brothers co-executive producer Tony To and David Leland, who directed an episode of the WWII saga. The pair took their idea for the knight’s tale to Spielberg who approached HBO.
The cable channel, which has become known for it’s high-end productions, including The Sopranos and Sex and the City is close to giving the Arthur project a green light, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show would be the latest in a long line of films, TV shows and books featuring King Arthur as the hero.
Among the best known is the 1967 musical Camelot starring Richard Harris and the 1981 film Excalibur.