I usually enjoy a Robin Hood movie, be it Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner or a cartoon fox playing the role, though I felt that the last film to feature the character, Ridley Scott’s very disappointing effort starring Russell Crowe, was quite poor. Anyway, it seems that, to make up for that, there are five, yes five, Robin Hood films currently in development, though it’s probable that at least two of them will fall by the wayside.
The one coming from outside of Europe that we know most about is Robin Hood: Origins from Lionsgate. It’s being directed by Otto Bathurst, who so far has only some TV movies and episodes to his credit, and is being written by Joby Harold, who has just scripted Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which is currently filming. Apparently it’s going to be a “gritty revisionist take” [oh dear, just like Scott’s film then, which was also an origin story], in which “Robin Hood returns from fighting in The Crusades and finds that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil”. Deadline reports that Lionsgate is narrowing down candidates to play the Locksley archer. They are Taron Egerton [Kingsman: The Secret Service], Jack Huston [Boardwalk Empire], Jack Reynor [Transformers: Age of Extinction] and Dylan O’Brien [The Maze Runner]. Supposedly Huston has the edge on the others at the moment, but we shall see.
In the meantime there are also plans for Robin Hood films from:
Warner Brothers, about which we so far know nothing except that it may be written by Will Beall [Aquaman] and be produced by Dan Lin [The Lego Movie]
Sony Pictures, called Hood, apparently to be a realistic, action-emphasising effort with as much focus on Robin’s Merry Men as Robin,
Disney, called Nottingham and Hood [I hope that title changes], and to be a light hearted romp in the vein of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise whose success they keep trying to emulate, and, from France,
Robin des Bois: La Veritable Histoire [Robin Hood: The True Story], which is already in production. This will be an offbeat comedy starring Max Boublil and written and directed byAnthony Marciano. The usually noble hero is actually a crook in this one who steals from poor people, women and children!
Frankly I like the sound of the French film most, as it seems like the most original take, and as I said earlier at least two of these projects probably won’t happen, in which case it’ll be like 1991 all over again when Kevin Costner and, um, Patrick Bergen both went to Sherwood Forest!