They’re Making Another ‘Robin Hood’ Movie for Some Reason
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This old adage applies everywhere, but it especially applies in Hollywood, where major studios are vying to make a re-imagined “gritty” Robin Hood movie only five years after the previous re-imagined “gritty” Robin Hood movie was a colossal critical and financial failure. That brings us to Robin Hood: Origins (actual title), which brings the number of Robin Hood movies currently in development up to three.
Robin Hood: Origins (ugh) is the brainchild of writer Joby Harold, who recently provided director Guy Ritchie with a road map for the Knights of the Roundtable franchise, which will attempt to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Arthurian legend. So this guy seems to have a schtick and it seems to be working out. Good for him! But he also wrote a movie called Robin Hood: Origins.
Anyway, Deadline reports that the script is the property of Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and a studio is currently being sought to help get the project off the ground. They certainly won’t get Disney’s help since they already have Nottingham & Hood, which they hope will be their next Pirates of the Caribbean. But they may have a friend in Sony, who may buy the screenplay just so they could fold it into Hood, the grim and gritty Robin Hood movie that they already have in the works.
Do all of these movie studios know something that we don’t? Is Robin Hood suddenly cool again?
As unfair as it it to judge anything sight unseen, we’ll raise our hands and ask the obvious question about Robin Hood: Origins. Since every single other Robin Hood movie ever made has explained where this man came from, his motivations, how he assembled his team of Merry Men, and his beef with Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, what makes anyone think we need an origin story? We know his origin story! It’s not some grand secret.
Unless they’ve added some dark and mysterious secrets. Oh, God. They went and added some dark and mysterious secrets to the Robin Hood story, didn’t they?