10 August 2009

Robin Hood Sent To The Future

The Robin Hood legend will be getting a futuristic update, says Risky Biz Blog.

Few plot details have been revealed about the project, but it will be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population. Producers describe it as "a futuristic action adventure" that will be "both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood." Sounds a bit like Paul Kane's graphic novel Arrowhead.

Commercials director Nicolai Fuglsig will direct the film, which will be produced by The Dark Knight's Charles Roven and 300's Craig Flores.

Strange that the project should be in development at the same time as Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe as the lead. Back in 1991 a similar thing happened, with Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves going up against another Hood film from Fox (which went straight to television).

The character of Robin Hood originated in medieval English folklore but has had many variations in pop culture through the centuries. It typically centers on a commoner who, pursued by an evil king, retreats with his band of followers to live as outlaws, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.


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