There have been at least 10 big screen incarnations of Robin Hood, the Nottingham hero that stole from the rich and gave to the poor, as well as countless TV adaptations and animated versions to boot.
But as anyone who has followed goings on in Hollywood knows, there’s really no such thing as flogging a dead horse in the world of film.
Sequels, remakes, reboots, prequels, side-quels – moviemakers are always finding new and occasionally innovative ways to essentially sell us the same product over and over again.
So it should come as little surprise to learn that there are not one, not two, not even three but four big screen versions of Robin Hood coming our way.
Like the Deep Impact/Armageddon and Olympus Has Fallen/White House Down duels of years gone past, it’s proving to be something of a race between studios to see who gets their version out first.
Disney’s Nottingham & Hood, a family orientated adventure, appears to be progressing well but it’s Lionsgate’s Robin Hood which is currently in the lead ahead of Sony’s version, Hood, which is more of a thriller and a largely unknown production being put together by Warner Bros.
Boasting a cast featuring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jamie Dornan with Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst at the helm, the movie is already being hyped up as a gritty, Batman Begins entry into the Robin of Locksley saga by one of the stars.
In fact, speaking exclusively to wegotthiscovered.com ahead of the release of new movie Sleepless, Jamie Foxx explained why it could be the best of the new batch:
“Those other Robin Hoods don’t mean shit. Our Robin Hood, it’s on. We’re battling, gonna drop the same day. What’s different about ours? It’s just a grittier take. With Otto [Bathurst] directing, it’s just a grittier take. It’s not like in the Sherwood Forest, tights and all that. It’s not like that. It’s grittier, a more real version, if that makes sense. But no disrespect to anyone else’s Robin Hood.”
That’s some fighting talk from Foxx right there, though the Collateral star should probably heed some warnings from history.
After all, it was only back in 2010 that the twin powerhouses of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe attempted to resurrect the franchise with a film that became more notable for the Aussie actor’s questionable accent than any of the action on screen.
Due for release on March 23, 2018, here’s hoping they get it right this time around.
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