Summit Entertainment has announced that their rendition of the Robin Hood legend, aptly titled Robin Hood, will be arriving in theaters March 23, 2018.
This film, which previously went under the title of Robin Hood: Origins, will explore the backstory that lead to the legend of Robin Hood. Here’s the story as reported by Coming Soon:
“A war-hardened Crusader and a Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure from director Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders). Packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance, Robin Hood is a never before seen story of how Robin Hood became the icon and legend as we know him today.
Described as having a “gritty tone,” the film finds Robin Hood returning from The Crusades to discover a Sherwood Forest rife with corruption and evil. Teaming with a band of outlaws, he takes matters into his own hands to set things right, with very little merry-making along the way.”
Robin Hood is one of the most commonly adapted properties, so forgive me for finding it amusing that they use the phrase “a never before seen story” in the description. I’m willing to give any film a chance, but it feels like they just made a “gritty/realistic” Robin Hood a few years ago with Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. It wasn’t great, but did a fairly good job at laying the groundwork of the Robin Hood legend and I’m more interested in seeing a sequel to that than a copy of the same film. However, this version’s release is still far off and I haven’t seen so much as a trailer yet, so I’m going to hold off criticism.
Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle) as the title hero, with Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) as Little John, Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as WIll Scarlet (a member of the Merry Men), Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies) as Maid Marion, and Paul Anderson in an undisclosed role. The film will be directed by Otto Bathurst from a screenplay by Joby Harold.
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