The Green Knight has the potential to be the sleeper hit of the summer -but it was almost a very different film, reveals director David Lowery.

We’re just a couple of weeks away now from one of the most-anticipated films of the summer, David Lowery’s latest movie The Green Knight. If it feels like years since we had an amazing Arthurian adaptation that blended the dark fantasy elements of one of Britain’s richest mythologies, well, that’s because it probably is.

However, all of that looks set to change with the arrival of the film starring Dev Patel, set to be released by EFD in August in the UK. We’ve seen a couple of wonderful trailers and we have a release to look forward to in just over a fortnight.

That release window hints at the level of confidence its distributors must have in the project to award it a prime summer release window. After all, this summer is awash with even more blockbusters than usual, so the distributor must feel it has something special on its hands to boldly award its non-franchise, non-superhero film a prime spot. However, director David Lowery has revealed that this wasn’t always the case, telling Vanity Fair (via Dark Horizons) that he used the delay afforded by the lockdowns to completely re-edit the film,

According to Lowery, he wasn’t happy with the film’s original edit, stating “I just gave myself permission to dig back into the movie, unlock it, and rework the entire thing. I found the affection I needed to cut it with love in my heart instead of disappointment and hate. It’s different – it’s much better.”

It certainly looks like Lowery was justified as early reviews for the film are very strong indeed, with praise especially pointing towards the film’s slow-burn feel, a nice change of pace from the last couple of action-based Camelot films we’ve seen, namely 2017’s King Arthur: The Legend Of The Sword and 2004’s King Arthur. 

On 6th August though, we’ll be able to finally judge for ourselves and we can barely wait. The Green Knight stars Dev Patel, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, and Ralph Ineson.

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