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Robin Hood … Again!

June 18, 2008

Question: How long has it been since the last Robin Hood remake?

Answer: Obviously, it has been too long.

Writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory) is on board with screenwriters Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) for the newest Robin Hood production, entitled Nottingham. Sir Ridley Scott has signed on to direct the flick, planned for 2009, with Russel Crowe cast as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sienna Miller as Maid Marian.

This film, as its title might suggest, takes a different perspective than most. According to Variety:

Universal earlier bought the spec script by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, creators of the Showtime series “Sleeper Cell,” in an auction for seven figures. Crowe was attached at that time.

Crowe stars as the Sheriff of Nottingham in a revisionist take on the Robin Hood tale, with Nottingham as a noble and brave lawman who labors for a corrupt king and engages in a love triangle with Maid Marion and Robin Hood.

According to Miller, though, the looming actors’ strike threatens the production: “[It’s] not 100% sure that it’s going to be made,” she told the BBC, “but it’s looking pretty certain.”

We can only hope for the best. Or, in this case, something better than the excessively cast 1991 blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

(Okay, okay … it’s a Costner thing, really, and as long as Bryan Adams isn’t on the soundtrack ….)

-bd

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One comment

  1. Hi,

    I have heard that this project is up and running again….

    I work on behalf of an innercity part of Nottingham called Sneinton – It has a very interesting history and so I wanted to write to the writers of this film in order to aid their research (and of course to promote Sneinton),

    does anyone know how I can contact any of the writers?

    much Appreciated,

    Dave



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