Tristan & Isolde
Expected release date: 2005
Character Played: Orick
Synopsis: *WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS* After the fall of the Roman Empire, Irish King Donnchadh (David O’Hara) brutally subjugates tribal England. There, young orphaned Tristan (James Franco) is raised by family ally Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell).
As a young man, the charismatic Tristan leads guerilla attacks on Irish occupying forces, ultimately defeating King Donnchadh’s elite warriors. Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristan requests a funeral boat that eventually washes up on the Irish coast. Discovered by Irish Princess Isolde (Sophia Myles), the two fall passionately in love.
All too soon Tristan must flee back to the safety of England. Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites the English lords to contest for Isolde’s hand, hoping to cause further discord among the bickering English barons. Unaware of Isolde’s identity, Tristan fights in the tournament as Marke’s champion. Tristan is victorious but is devastated to learn Isolde’s true identity. Lord Marke weds Isolde and prepares to become King of the now united England, ruining Donnchadh’s plan.
Despite their best efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde eventually resume their affair. When King Donnchadh arrives in England for Marke’s coronation, he deviously unmasks the affair causing an English rebellion. Lord Marke forgives Tristan and Isolde as they defend Castle Dor from Irish troops. Tristan leads a battle against the Irish but is fatally wounded. As Lord Marke leads the reunited English troops to drive out the Irish, Tristan dies peacefully in Isolde’s arms.
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29th November 2005: Tristan & Isolde trailer now online
You can watch the trailer for Tristan & Isolde here
2nd September 2004: Tristan & Isolde to be released in early 2005?
I got this little snippet from Apollo Media's website (they are one of the production companies for Tristan & Isolde):
"Die Dreharbeiten sind nach verletzungsbedingter Pause nunmehr abgeschlossen. Der Kinostart ist für Anfang 2005 geplant."
which, loosley translated by my school-girl german, means:
"Filming is now finished after an injury induced break. The cinema release is planned for the beginning of 2005."
I also found this Tristan & Isolde picture on the site, but don't get too excited... it's just a clapper board *sigh*
21st July 2004: Tristan & Isolde movie delayed
I found this article from Variety about filming in Prague, which states:
..."Tristan and Isolde" is another holdover from 2003, with delayed filming (due to a knee injury of lead James Franco) now set to be completed in July...
So I'd say an autumn release is looking pretty unlikely if they haven't even finished filming yet!
22nd June 2004: Tristan & Isolde update: movie will be realistic and action based
Franco: Tristan More Real
James Franco, who plays the role of a knight in the upcoming film adaptation of Tristan and Isolde, told SCI FI Wire that the movie will be more realistic than the fantasy-tinged medieval myth, a precursor to the Arthurian legends, on which it is based. Franco plays Tristan, a knight who falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles), the queen an d wife of his uncle. Kevin Reynolds directs.
"It is based on the legend, [but] it's not an opera," Franco said, referring to Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, which is also based on the myth. "There's no music, and we don't sing." Franco added that the movie eliminates many of the fantasy elements, such as dragons and magic potions, that appeared in earlier drafts of the script. "They've made it more realistic," he said, adding that the movie will feature "a lot of action."
The movie was shot on the west coast of Ireland and in Prague, Franco said. The Fox movie currently has no release date. Later this month, Franco will be on view in Spider-Man 2, reprising the role of Harry Osborn.
Source: SciFi Wire
Date: 14th June 2004
7th January 2004: Tristan & Isolde update from Empire Magazine
Source: Empire Magazine (February 2004 issue)