Medieval Times To Become Movie Franchise

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Medieval Times Movie Medieval Times To Become Movie Franchise

With nine locations and nearly 30 years of history, the theme restaurant chain Medieval Times offers its patrons an 11th-century feast and two-hour tournament show. Soon it will have it’s own movie franchise to along with all that.

Reports are in that the production companies Benderspink (The Hangover Part III) and Broken Road (Jack and Jill) have joined forces to turn the Medieval Times experience into a potential film series. The companies have secured the rights package and are shopping around the property to studios.

Medieval Times was famously featured in Ben Stiller’s The Cable Guy, where Jim Carrey’s lonely stalker title character took new “friend” Matthew Broderick for a memorably awkward dinner, culminating in a special jousting-and-swordfight match in the arena. (Carrey gave all the knights free cable). Zach Braff’s Garden State also featured a character (Jim Parsons) who worked at the restaurant as a knight  and preferred to dress in character when off-duty.

 Medieval Times To Become Movie Franchise

Given the current trend of movie studios optioning not just tried and true comic book properties, but board games and action figures and trying to spin them into box office gold, this news is a little surprising, but feels somehow inevitable. With the popularity of all this medieval-era lore – due to films like The Hobbit and shows like Game of Thrones  –  selling the Medieval Times experience to a studio eager for a new franchise will likely not be terribly difficult.

There are as yet no details on just how a chain of sword-and-jousting-themed restaurants will be adapted into a motion picture series, however. Would they take the Martin Lawrence-starring Black Knight route and zap a character back in time? Or maybe they’ll take a cue from Saw and/or Gladiator, and force a patron to compete for both their life and a free meal? (Not likely, on second thought.) Or could we get something of a an old-school-meets-new-school blend like the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale (starring the late Heath Ledger), which had pop-rock dance numbers thrown in with its pauper-turned-knight adventure tale?


Stay tuned, as we’re sure to find out more about the Medieval Times movie as it enters development.

Source: Deadline



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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever been more uninterested in a film this quickly before…

  2. What?

  3. If its anything like a Knights Tale, i might check it out. That movie was awesome! Black Knight, not so much.

  4. Can’t wait for the Burger King movie were the king is a troubled character that suffers an horrible accident that disfigures his face, probably involving scalding oil.

    • I would like to formally nominate this comment as the best SR comment of ALL TIME!

    • Seriously. A Burger King movie would rock. Admit it.

  5. The only way I could see this working is if they went all out historical epic like Robin Hood.

    I’ll assume that what we’ll see next will go something like this:

    *Hungry man eats at abandoned castle with only one person living within, a lonely and formerly noble man who once ruled until the capital was sacked and moved to house the new royal leader. The stranger takes hold of the food served him and takes a bite*

    “Mmm, this is a strange concoction friend. You’ve somehow placed beef in between bread yet it works as a meal. What do you call this?”

    “I’ve considered a few names but since I was formerly king of Gothenburg, I decided upon the name ‘burger’”.

    “You are still truly a king with this fine burger m’lord.”

    And that’s just one scene from the Burger King movie.

  6. WOW! I never thought I would want to see a movie more than the Man Of Steel but now there is this! (Yeah I think I’ll pass on this movie.)

      • You’re talking about the Iron Legion, right?

        • If they were medieval knights on horseback then sure.

  7. I do not know how they would make a movie out of this, but I would watch cuz “this I gotta see”, dont’ja know? But I will say, I have eaten at the medieval Times Restaurant near Schaumburg & Rolling Meadows, Illinois several times, and it is an expensive but GREAT dining and entertainment experience, one that is not to be missed–worth every penny for someone like me who really likes Medieval themes!

    • Nothing says “amazing medieval experience” better than a tankard of mead, a huge chicken leg surrounded by home grown vegetables and a deadly bout of smallpox.

      • “King Arthur and Robin Hood’s Excellent Adventure”!

  8. Next, Pepsi will release its own movie, along with films based on manufacturer’s blankets for bed. Talk about being desperate.

  9. Is it April 1st?

    This must be a joke, right?

  10. This is just pathetic. I am starting to feel bad for the people who come up with this drivel. I used to get angry at some of the dumb ideas floating around (battleship im looking at you), which turned to annoyance, and has now progressed to pity. This is just disgusting.

    • I’m still waiting on that trailer idea I had when I first heard about Battleship being made that involved Sir Sean Connery walking around as the Monopoly Guy buying properties and building up a massive criminal empire while occasionally coming second in a beauty contest.

    • What’s next, a Stratego movie based on the game (I do like the game, tho…!).

  11. PASS. who wants to see this s***? not me. staph.

  12. but…why?

  13. They need to do a movie about the strain of drugs people in Hollywood are ingesting lately. That would be interesting….

    • I’m guessing that would be the River Phoenix biopic.

  14. What next, “Taco Bell – The Movie”

    Pedro Lamacas goes on a dangerous journey from Mexico to the United States in the late 1880′s in hopes to share his Doritos Tacos recipe with the world.

  15. This movie should star Zachary Quinto and Jim Carrey.

    • “I must not talk my friend, if we dont fight they will kill us both…”
      “This is not star trek!”

        • Haha, yeah, Cable Guy is so underrated but that Medieval Times scene was just pure genius.