Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Not a cop show set in Manhattan Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s King Arthur fighting the Black Kinight: Also not a cop drama set in New York City. Photo: Supplied
Fox is re-imagining the King Arthur legend as a police procedural drama set in New York City, and no, that that’s not a joke.
Camelot features a graffiti artist named Art who is impelled to team up with his best friend, Lance, and his former partner Gwen, “an idealistic cop” after “an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan”.
Art must do this “in order to realise his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city”.
The Hollywood Reporter said the series, written and co-executive produced by Dan Frey and Ru Sommer, also features Gail Berman and Joe Earley of The Jackal Group as executive producers,
Of all the Arthurian adaptations, and there have been many, King Arthur meets cop drama might just be the most audacious/bonkers.
It probably trumps Transformers: The Last Knight, director Michael Bay’s fifth Transformers film, which is expected to pit King Arthur against Autobots and Decepticons, and is released in 2017.
And Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which marries the style of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with mud-covered sixth century Britain.
But maybe not Mr Merlin, a short-lived and daggily fabulous 1980s sitcom featuring Merlin as a modern-day mechanic who has a dog called Arthur and a new apprentice called Zac who pulls a magical crowbar out of concrete.
Then there is Monty Python and the Holy Grail which may be the best King Arthur depiction of all.
Camelot’s twisting of the classic legend in modern Manhattan offers thrilling plot point musing.
Will Art, fresh from spraying his tag on the NYC subway, pull a magic hot dog from a sidewalk hot dog stand?
Will Gwen have a round table in her apartment that everyone likes sitting around to have serious discussions?
And where is Merlin? Is he a wise-cracking police chief with an against-the-system beard habit? Or a hooded hip-hop artist who only speaks via messages printed on his sneakers?
In other bold TV adaptation news, Fox is also developing Houdini & Doyle, a drama featuring the famous magician Harry Houdini teaming up with famous author Arthur Conan Doyle to help Scotland Yard investigate crime.
So Camelot, Law & Order: Special Medieval Unit, might not be all that ridiculous.