Arthurian legend is alive at Cartoon

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Cartoon Network is bringing the legend of King Arthur to the 21st century with a live-action movie from Lionsgate president of motion picture production Alli Shearmur.

Written by Travis Wright ("Eagle Eye"), the project, tentatively titled "Reborn," is inspired by the legend of Merlin. It is described as a modern retelling of the King Arthur tale, with archetypal characters from the legend transported to the present.

Former Paramount and Universal production exec Shearmur developed the idea with Wright before she joined Lionsgate in August. The two are executive producing the movie, in development at Cartoon, where it is being overseen by vp Ramsey Naito.

"Reborn" is part of Cartoon's push in the live-action arena. More than half of the 19 new series and movies announced at the network's upfront presentation last month are not animated.

The legend of Merlin in its original sixth century Britain setting is the subject of the BBC drama series "Merlin," slated to air in the summer on NBC.

NBC also was the latest to bring an ancient tale to the present time with the King David-inspired midseason series "Kings," which was pulled after four episodes.

Wright is repped by Endea-vor. (partialdiff)
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