Because these Disney reboots clearly need more zombies!
Fresnadillo is best known for directing the "28 Days Later" sequel "28 Weeks Later," and also the 2011 Clive Owen horror thriller "Intrudors." He's a bit of a dark choice to join Disney's live-action universe, but the script they're using was written by "Game of Thrones" writer-producer Bryan Cogman, and he's a pretty dark choice too. This could be a very interesting take on King Arthur. (It's also been in the works since 2015, when Cogman was first revealed to be writing the script.)
Speaking of takes on King Arthur, Disney actually has another project in development called "The Merlin Saga," which Ridley Scott is eyeing. Here's an interesting theory from Collider on both projects:
"One wonders if the two projects might eventually intersect with The Merlin Saga telling the tale of a younger Merlin's adventures while The Sword in the Stone sees the wizened wizard guiding a young Arthur and mentoring the boy as he sets out on the path to becoming king after pulling the titular sword from the titular stone."
No idea if they're going in that direction or not, but it's interesting.
King Arthur tales have struggled of late, including "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which had a rough road at the box office. But Disney is Disney and these modern live-action movies have done pretty well so far (extremely well in some cases, like "Beauty and the Beast").
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