Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie starring Charlie Hunnam has been delayed from next summer to the following spring.
The film, which does not currently have a title, will now open Feb. 17, 2017, Warner Bros. announced Monday. It had previously been set to hit theaters July 22, 2016.
Hunnam, best known for starring in FX’s biker drama Sons of Anarchy, plays Arthur in the film, which Warner Bros. hopes will kick off a franchise about the Knights of the Roundtable. Ritchie, who made a name for himself with crime capers (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch) and put an action-hero spin on Sherlock Holmes, has promised that his take on the mythical king will be grittier than most.
“Our King Arthur is not a good guy from the beginning,” the director told EW earlier this year.
On its new date, Ritchie’s King Arthur movie will avoid a showdown with Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond but is now scheduled to match up against Sony’s Bad Boys 3 and Fox’s The Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Warner Bros. also moved up the horror movie Lights Out to fill the July 22 spot (from Sept. 9). David F. Sandberg is directing, and Teresa Palmer stars.