Yet ANOTHER Robin Hood film in the works?

Yup, the well of creativity has definitely run dry in Tinsel town.

The most frequently adapted medieval English folklore is still as popular today as ever. Just as the Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood version with Russell Crowe is undergoing production, yet another one is apparently in the works. According to RiskyBusinessBlog, the untitled version is getting a futuristic makeover courtesy of the producers of  The Dark Knight and 300, as well as Warner Bros. [there’s been an update on the project, per Cinema Blend about who’ll write and direct the movie]

So instead of bows and arrow, our favorite man in tights will be gunslinging in dystopian London and the story will focus on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population. The producers bill it as a ‘futuristic action adventure’ that’ll both be inspired by and pay homage to Robin Hood. Ok, I’ll give ’em some credit for taking a different spin instead of just a straight remake.

Jason Hall, the screenwriter of the upcoming Ashton Kutcher dramedy Spread, will write the screenplay. Not sure what other stuff he’s got under his belt that’ll make me think he’s the right guy for this, but I can tell you right now I’m not too crazy about the Spread trailer. It’s basically a great vehicle to ogle Ashton Kutcher, if he rocks your boat that is.

In any case, now I kind of wish sir Ridley would have stuck with the original idea of making the Sheriff of Nottingham as the good guy opposite less-noble Robin of Sherwood—I mean it could very well be the case anyway depending on where you look at it—so it’d be a novelty take of the centuries-old tale. When I first heard of it, it was called Nottinghamand immediately I thought, why didn’t someone think of that? They’ve got enough adaptations of Robin as the hero anyway, and we know Russell can play any ambiguously moral character worth rooting for.

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne
Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne

Now, they haven’t cast the role of Robin in the futuristic version, but my mind keeps going back to British actor Richard Armitage. He’s practically unknown to US audiences but you might’ve noticed him in BBC miniseries North & South and the Robin Hood series that just ended recently. He played Robin’s nemesis, the dark and brooding Guy of Gisborne, and stole hearts everywhere. Seriously, when they cast someone who looks like THAT as the villain, who’s going to pay attention to the hero??

Richard also has a recurrent role in the BBC spy drama Spooks (a.k.a MI-5) that’s been airing on PBS, as agent Lucas North. So he’s definitely got the looks, charisma, acting chops, delicious British accent, plus that deep, throaty voice. What more could you ask for? Plus he’s already got that kick-@$$ black shiny leather suit that’ll look awesome as a futuristic Robin.

Just take a look at the clip from the BBC series below (between Guy and his boss, the Sheriff of Nottingham). If only I were his agent, I’d march him to audition for the role pronto!

Ok, now that I’ve got my casting fantasy out of the way, it’d be interesting to see what’s to become of this. It was tough enough to even get the Ridley’s version off the ground (that’s also produced by Warner Bros.), with even the weather + leaf colors being a factor in the delay of its release. Who knows whether they’d end up putting the kibosh on this one.

What do you think folks? Are you at all interested to see a futuristic Robin Hood film?

5 thoughts on “Yet ANOTHER Robin Hood film in the works?

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    If I was an honest woman (I’m trying! I am!), I’d have to go ahead and admit that I really liked Cary Elwes as Robin Hood. No offense to Kevin Costner and all. But Russell Crowe as Monseiur Hood? Did I stumble into a universe where all my dreams come true? This is very exciting news. As you pointed out, Crowe is a very versatile actor who can pull off just about any part. I’m eager to see what he can do as Robin Hood.

    Other reasons I am looking forward to this: Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong (great in “Body of Lies”), Matthew Macfadyen and William Hurt.

  2. rtm

    Hey I don’t blame you for liking Cary Elwes, he’s so charming in Men In Tights, not to mention The Princess Bride. But yeah, Crowe as Robin will be fascinating for sure, he’ll show us something we’ve never seen before (sorry, I can’t help myself). Love Blanchett and Mark Strong (who’s great in Rocknrolla, too). Matthew MacFayden is still listed as ‘rumored’ on IMDB, I hope he’s indeed going to be part of the cast!

  3. MaidMelee

    Logging in 3 years late but better late than never! Should I be worried that I find the sadistic banter between the Sheriff and Guy (sigh) of Gisborne in that clip hysterically funny?

    Yes, with (r)Armitage as Guy, it’s no wonder the show’s female audience came to the Dark Side. To balance it out, BBC really should have casted someone with Sean Bean-like (or similar) charisma for Robin.

    Call me shallow but am I wrong?

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