King Richard III – The Movie

Well, I’ve done something monumentally stupid and potentially embarrassing but I couldn’t resist. Would you like to help me create a movie of the life of King Richard III? Oh, you would? Maybe it’s not so stupid after all!

I have created a Kickstarter project to ask for funding to make a movie of the life of King Richard III which will present facts to counter the Shakespearean monopoly on his story. The script is based upon my novel Loyalty and will seek to present Richard as a real man, not a saint but not Shakespeare’s twisted villain either. We will follow him as he desperately tries to make his way through one of the most complex and deadly periods of English history.

Here is the link to the project:

It has amazed me that a film like this has never been attempted. When the remains of this infamous king were uncovered in 2012 and confirmed as his in February 2013, I was convinced a Hollywood epic was on the way. Perhaps even a whole raft of them. I waited. Then I waited some more. Then I wondered what I was waiting for and decided it was time, with your help, to try and make this happen.

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform. Any idea can be created as a project and the project requests funding from those interested to meet a target to facilitate the aim of the project. In this case the project is our movie and I am asking for your help to make it happen.

How It Works

Firstly, your risk is limited. If the project doesn’t reach its funding target, no one contributes anything. At that point all pledges are cancelled. You only pay anything if the project attains its target and the film is going to be made. The target for this is huge. In terms of movie budgets it is tiny, the smallest amount my research suggests is feasible to make a film worth making, but in terms of the real world, it is a vast sum. Still, I wanted to have a go at telling this important and fascinating story which could reach out further than anyone has before to press for a re-examination of this king’s lost reputation.

Whilst the project will collapse if underfunded, it can be oversubscribed. If the target is reached pledges can still be made and the amount is unlimited. So, if this project is overfunded, the budget for the film goes up and it will be even bigger and better.

For each level of contribution there is an associated reward to thank you for the pledge and to offer an incentive. I have been cautious not to make those rewards expensive or undeliverable because this is really about making the movie and that is where the money will need to go to be successful.

What Are The Risks?

The most obvious risk is that I have never made a movie before and the budget it very tight. However, I wouldn’t be asking for your help if  I didn’t really and truly believe that this is an achievable goal and an opportunity to be seized. Through attention to detail and to the budget we could make a superb film that will redefine the reputation of King Richard III around the world for generations to come. Is that worth a pledge you won’t have to pay if the project fails to meet its funding goal? That is up to you. It takes a  couple of minutes to sign up and pledge if you want to be a part of this. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.

So there it is. I did it. The project’s success is now firmly in your hands. Please spread the word as widely as you are able. Tell everyone! Together we can recreate the final, glorious cavalry charge of King Richard III and his knights to send a shiver down spines around the world.


19 thoughts on “King Richard III – The Movie


    I’ve just tried to pledge £500 having first signed up to Kickstarter – and it failed. Thought you ought to know because my pledge is serious and if the kickstarted site plays up this is obviously not going to help your fundraising.

    1. Hi Mary. Thank you very much. I’m thrilled that you even tried! I can’t donate to my own project to test it but there have been two successful pledges so far. I’m trying to think what might be preventing it: have you had an email to verify your account? If you still can’t pledge please let me know and I will get in touch by email and see if we can resolve the problem. Thank you again for your interest and generosity.

      1. Thanks Matt. No, I haven’t had a confirmation email from them at all. I was loath to send a duplicate ‘payment’ to a site I haven’t used before but will have another go for my fave King!

      1. Oh wow! That’s great. Thank you and well done for your initiative. I believe you are going to succeed.

      2. Hi Mary.

        I’m sorry to come back to you but the pledge that appeared was not yours I don’t think. I’ve just had an email with a different name attached to the pledge. If you are still having problems please let me know and we will resolve it together.

        Many thanks (and sorry for misleading you!).


  2. A lovely idea Matt, but I fear that you will be running in competition with screenwriter and R3 Society member Phillipa Langley who has written a screenplay and is negotiating a miniseries, I understand. Good luck with your amazing project.

    (P.S. But if she fails and you succeed can I suggest Tom Hiddleston to play Richard??? 😉 )

  3. Hi matt
    We certainly had a lot of rubbish about the life and times of Richard III. I don’t think Philippa Langley was successful after all that hammed up over acting in that documentary. Whatever her script contained she never wanted me to she it, which leads me to believe that it would of been on par with some Shakespeare rubbish. I have just published a book in the States and my publishers have authors books that are turned into Hollywood films. Good Luck with your venture.

  4. I tried to reply on kickstart but for some reason I could not log on. About that ‘dig’ It was a done dodgy deal long before those diggers moved in. When I announced my book was getting published they came up with round worm theory a day later. Here is the proof that the ‘dig’ was a hoax.

    I understand how hard it is to get a book publish when others find it hard to get their book published. It does not help when someone tells the world they had ESP feeling in a Leicester city car park and organises a hoax. I also have nothing to do with the Plantagenet Alliance and I don’t care where they intend to re-inter those bones. One thing is for certain I do not want some shrine made up and Shakespeare themed freak show going on. Anyway rant over, you can get my book on amazon and you can down load on kindle. My book is called Richard, the man behind the myth Andrea Willers . I will take a look at your book and again good luck with your venture.

  5. Hello, I think its time that a good film was made about Richard III. I am a Ricardian and I also think its about time some of us set about proving that Richard ‘s nephews survived and were not Murdered in the Tower. I think that Jack Leslau’s theory that Dr. John Clement could have been Richard of York should be taken up And also who really was Richard of Eastwell? After all we now have the benefit of Richards DNA.

  6. If there’s a carefully-researched movie version of the Battle of Hastings, I’d like to see that too.

    Richard III’s favorite residence, Middleham Castle, was founded during the Norman Conquest, not by Normans, but by Richard’s Breton ancestors, a very learned family who gave rise to the later Nevilles as well as Jacquetta of Luxembourg, and whose real-life history inspired the tales of King Arthur and of Robin Hood.

    As early as the 1100s Orderic Vitalis remarked that this family well-merited the attention of historians, as the deeds of its current generation, the seven sons of Eudes, Count of Penthievre (whose lives spanned 1036 to 1136), would fill volumes. Perhaps the task proved too daunting.

    I stumbled on one of the founders of this family’s English fortunes, Count Alan Rufus, as unexpectedly as Richard III’s body in Leicester. Piecing together the survicing details of his biography, an astonishing picture emerges of a compassionate polymath: soldier, lawyer, diplomat, merchant, architect, philanthropist, Alan was measured in all that he did, forthright to the powerful and attentive to the cries of the weak.

    According to the priority of wiitnesses shown in royal charters. Alan was one of William I’s three most eminent lay barons: the others being Robert of Mortain and Roger Montgomery.

    Unlike the others, Alan lowered rents and taxes on his subtenants, paid for the military levy out of his own pocket (he abolished the Danegeld), regularising public revenues which he used to support the civil courts. He sagely promoted international trade, most notably in Boston, Lincolnshire, which became the hub of England’s greatest port complex (by customs revenue).

    Before the Conqueror left for his last campaign against France, Alan persuaded him to come up to York to apologise for the harm done during the conflicts between the Normans and the English.

    Alan’s chief opponent in the King’s Council was Bishop Odo of Bayeux, who had been Regent of England in the early days of the Conquest, and who led the Harrying of the North in 1069-1070 and another in 1080.

    n 1082, Odo was imprisoned: it’s tempting to see Alan’s hand in this, for in 1088, Odo, not long after his release in a general amnesty, and just after being required to witness the new King William II endorse Alan’s foundation of St Mary’s Abbey in York, led most of the magnates across England to rebel in favour of Duke Robert of Normandy.

    The king’s support came from Alan and his allies, who rallied the English people against Odo their worst oppressor, and, through a systematic diplomatic and military campaign on land and sea, won the day. In this campaign, Duke Robert failed to set foot on English soil. “It was the weather”, said Duke Robert. “It was the fact that we sank all your ships”, wrote the English.

    William de St-Calais, Bishop of Durham, had abandoned the royal army during the campaign, so the King sent Alan with an army to bring him to court in Salisbury. Alan chose to negotiate with St-Calais, promising him his protection. So the Bishop agreed to stand trial. In court, the King began to use threats, to which Alan spoke “calmly and clearly” that if proper respect was not shown to the consciences of the witnesses, then Alan would be obliged to cease to serve the King. WIlliam II wrestled with this impasse for three months before giving in; Alan then escorted St-Calais to Southampton where the latter took ship to Normandy and exile. In 1091, Alan saw St-Calais rehabilitated and restored.

    If, as you suspect, Richard III was genuinely concerned for the welfare of the common people, against the impositions of the State, then he was in the good company of his 11th century ancestors, who, while participating in the Conquest, did all in their power to ameliorate it, to find diplomatic solutions, to promote able English men and women, to encourage trade, and to check the excesses of Norman kings.

  7. Good luck. Would love to see something more truthful about RIII. Aneurin Barnard did such a great job playing him in The White Queen.

  8. Good luck! Would love to see something more truthful about RIII. Aneurin Barnard did a great job playing him in The White Queen made me love Richard III which wasn’t expecting

  9. You may not need Kickstarter Matt….. these are interesting times, not just for Ricardians but for film and television commissioners. My heartfelt wishes that your gripping books are adapted- they would make fantastic viewing!

  10. A serious movie or series on Richard iii based on proper information and with good actors, research and backing is very much needed. All the best wishes for this project.

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