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Ridley Scott's Robin Hood Thwarted - For Now!!

Merrick here...
We usually don't report about pesky production delays and what not, but we've received a bit of e-mail about this movie so we thought the following might be of interest. Seems Rdley Scott's NOTTINGHAM project, which essentially role reverses Robin Hood & The Sheriff to make Robin Hood the antagonist and The Sheriff the protagonist (this description is oversimplified) has been delayed indefinitely.
Ridley Scott's revisionist take on the Robin Hood tale, had been aiming for a mid-August start date, production on the film, which is to star Russell Crowe as a sympathetic Sheriff of Nottingham, has been indefinitely postponed. A new production start date probably couldn't be set until next year. Script concerns, location logistics and the current labor unrest all played a role in the decision.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter.

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  • July 28, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by Rick Flemming

  • July 28, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by YeahSureWhatever


  • July 28, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Damn, the Robin Hood rap...

    by DerLanghaarige probably the cheapest gag that Mel Brooks ever did, but the heynanninanni makes me laugh all the time.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by YeahSureWhatever

    Oh well.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by Rick Flemming

    For my money Robin Hood will always be Kevin Costner.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    What a bizarre, pedestrian idea.

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    It's just weird. Kind of like making a Jesse James movie from the perspective of the railroad companies and the Pinkertons.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Wasn't really waiting for this anyway

    by Kneprock

  • July 28, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Rick Flemming

    How can you beat that Connery cameo at the end of Prince of THeives. PRICELESS~!

  • July 28, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Costner nailed it ...

    by Luscious.868

    No point in ever making another Robin Hood ....

  • July 28, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Okay cool

    by kungfuhustler84

    This really didn't sound all that interesting anyway. The premise really sounds kind of boring. I love Ridley Scott...a lot, but I was not getting excited at all for this movie.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Get Bale for Robin Hood...

    by Elemeno Pee

    and then just remake 3:10 to Yuma.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a mercy killing to me...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...although Ridley Scott's films are always interesting. This just sounded like a poorly thought out idea that was arrived at after a long night of alcohol consumption.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Damien Chowder

    Robin Hood who is essentially us will be portrayed as a terrorist. Fuck that shit! The authority is never going to be the good guy so stop trying.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I'm glad

    by johne5

    Honestly, this idea really didn't rub me right. I felt that it would be a waste of time, that there were better projects I feel the talent in this film could do, and now with this news, hopefully they can do just that.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Good news...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...I thought the concept was pretty stupid anyway. Who wants to see a character who's whole M.O. is sticking it to the man turned into a villain? Has Ridley Scott been going to Bilderberg meetings or something?

  • July 28, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    "Script Concerns"

    by ArcadianDS

    meaning the concept for the film is art school quality, and the studio insisted upon radical changes before offering up the cash. Ridley, being Jesus, felt that his ridiculous idea should not be questioned by mere financial backers whose job it is to, y'know, understand what makes movies profitable - so he dug in his heels and now has a crummy script with no money to make it a movie.<p> He'll eventually get the money because hes Ridley Jesus and nobody tells Ridley Jesus that his idea for a movie is stupid.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    This felt like it was going to be Kingdom of Heaven 2

    by Rameses

    Like Burton doing alice in wonderland , Ridley making Robin , just has that already seen it feel.You can pretty much guess exactly how scenes would look and play out.I'd just like to see Ridley have another go at sci-fi.It would be interesting to see if he's still* got it*.where as the stuff he's making at the moment , just seems like such a waste.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck Costner...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...that dour, marblemouthed yank of a Robin Hood, who wouldn't know an English accent if it was falling out of his mouth (which it pretty much didn't). With his high-maintenance hairdo and joyless, monotone delivery. I always said if they really wanted to have and American play Robin Hood, they should've got Klein. The Robin Hood that came out around the same time with Patrick Bergen and Uma Thurman (which actually got demoted to TV movie to get out of the way of the unsightly Costner moviestar fest) was way better. Not the second coming or anything, just better.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Yes, Yes...

    by CatoTheCensor

    I'm sure it would take an army to match these rogues...

  • July 28, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Sherriff calls you outlaws...

    by CatoTheCensor

    But I say you are FREE. And one free man defending his country is better than eight hired soldiers...the crusades taught me that.

  • July 28, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott can't do this...

    by CatoTheCensor

    ...with all that racket!

  • July 28, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    good...after Kevin Costner's American Robin Hood...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm all Hooded out for the next fifty years or so....

  • July 28, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Amen, BrooseTheScharuk

    by SubliminalJones

    I like Costner, but his Robin Of Locksley is a lazy joke. The movie itself is cheesey good fun, in spite of his California surfer dude take on the character. I shudder to think there actually are those to whom Costner is the quintessential Robin Hood. Errol Flynn, anyone? Connery in Robin and Marian? Shit, even that animated fox in Disney's Robin Hood turned in a better performance than Costner.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    my favourite reason: "the film's forests need to be green"

    by newc0253

    yes, apparently they couldn't find enough green trees to film under.<p> yet another to film in Canada, folks: our forests are evergreen, not deciduous!<p>

  • July 28, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Unlike some *other* Robin Hoods...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...*I* can speak with an English accent.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Set the film in space...

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    ...Where a group of intergalactic vikings attempt to take over the Starship Sherwood; which had already been stolen by the villainous Robin Hood. Now, to save the ship from the space vikings, Robin Hood turns to help from his prisoner and captain of the Sherwood - Nottingham.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Just as well.

    by PotSmokinAlien

    This always sounded like a pretty dumb idea anyway.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Blood Meridian!

    by s8ntmark

    Now that some time has opened up, lets hope he gets down to business and finally shoots this damn thing! Who doesn't want to see a bad ass Ridley Scott western??

  • July 28, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm the only one...

    by ICantBelieveIRegistered

    Who was looking forward to seeing Nottingham. Sounded like a nice twist on the old legend, and with Ridley and Crowe involved, it would've been a good movie.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott to remake Star Wars from the POV of the Death Star

    by Royston Lodge

    Kevin Smith launches plagiarism lawsuit.

  • July 28, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    ... the Death Star's contractors.

    by Royston Lodge

    (got cut off there at the end)

  • July 28, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Batman from the POV of Wayne Industries' shareholders...

    by Royston Lodge


  • July 28, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Sounded crap anyway. Get on with Brave New World now instead Ridley.

  • July 28, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Wants Vaders Executor

    Hey, how about your troops come home from Vietraq and Afghanistan and kick some ass in Washington? <br><br> In fact, THATS for a "reimaging". Robin Hood is some American Marin, comes home from those senseless wars in the Middle East who are primarily fought for religious craziness and keeping the war profiteers rich, and fight the local authoritarian in Nottingham/Washington. Oh but Alan Rickman just has that more charisma then W.

  • July 28, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Wants Vaders Executor

    Marine, not Marin.

  • July 28, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Fuck TRIPOLI, Where's Blood Meridian, Ridley?

    by theredtoad

    That one is good!

  • July 28, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The best Robin Hood ever is...

    by dagonet_

    the 1938 version with Errol Flynn. No contest (in my opinion). I don't need to another, that one always satisfies.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    not such bad news

    by m_reporter

    I'm sure Ridley would make a fun movie, but Robin Hood has been done to death. <p> Hope he gets Tripoli back on track somehow. I heard him talk about it in the KOH DC bonus features DVD, he really had passion for that project, and it really sounded as good material for him.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by kungfuhustler84

    I agree 100%. There's really no point in ever trying to recreate the character again after that version. That movie is my crack when it comes to classic adventure film making.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by kungfuhustler84

    Morgan Freeman running around with a fucking huge scimitar is still more than welcome in any movie ever.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I agree about Morgan

    by m_reporter

    He was, besides Rickman, the only really good part about Prince of Thieves. Ok, the Kamen score was good too, but the movie was utterly unnecessary.<p> Only really good version is (as said before by some people here) the Errol Flynn version, and the Disney cartoon was kinda cool too. But Flynn WAS Robin.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott to remake Excalibur from the POV

    by Second Try

    of the Lady of the Lake.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    What, you don't want to see Bale as Robin the terrorist?

    by Calico Pete

    It sounds awesome. Robin Hood was always a story told from Robin's POV. Al-Qaeda's POV would make them out as heroes as well! If Robin Hood via Fox News is a terrorist, it would be interesting to see. Ok, so Bale's not playing Robin, yet, but still...

  • July 28, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott to implant brains to talkbackers

    by m_reporter

    from the POV of Death Star Shareholders' Excaliburs.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    ridley scott

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Anyone ever seen The Duellists? One of Scott's first films, w/ Harvey Keitel...awesome. I'd like to see him stick with original material...more sci fi would be nice, it doesn't seem like many directors are able to pull sci fi off properly these days.

  • July 28, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones from the POV of the tribesmen...

    by Royston Lodge

    "Hey, git yet grubby mitts off OUR golden idol! It's our friggin' GOD, you Yankee tomb-robber!"

  • July 28, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood needs Heart of Darkness treatment

    by The Goon

  • July 28, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Obviously based on Richard Kluger's

    by Dingbatty

    excellent book "The Sheriff of Nottingham." This could work.<p>For me, Michael Praed and Jason Connery are the definitive 'Hoods.

  • July 28, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Alien 5

    by superunknown85


  • July 28, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Nothing to do with Crowe having put on about 100 lbs then?

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • July 28, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    What about The Low Dweller? How many films

    by GQtaste

    does he have left in the tank? Shit, and the same goes for Leo as well.

  • July 28, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Can they get Bale now?

    by RawShark13


  • July 28, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Thank christ.

    by OBSD

    Sorry, I know he made some great movies once, but he hasn't touched that greatness since Thelma & Louise 20 years ago. And don't mention Gladiator to me. The camerawork in that shit gave me more seizures than a Japanese kid watching Pokemon.

  • July 28, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Book of Exodus from the POV of the Canaanites.

    by Royston Lodge

    Ok, I'm gonna stop now...

  • July 28, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The Exocist from the POV of Satan.

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 28, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Scott remaking Back To The Future from Biff's POV

    by SpencerTrilby

    You'd pay for that? Me neither.

  • July 28, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Excalibur was the best Arthur adaptation and

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    it keeps Helen Mirren fans happy. Don't blink or you'll miss Patrick Steward and Liam Neeson.

  • July 28, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    And Errol Flynn's Robin Hood owns all

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    C'mon his first weapon of choice was a deer slung over his back. We don't need no stinkin' shakycam or CGI. Quint ought to put this version in his movie a day talkback if he hasn't seen it already.

  • July 28, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Ridley should remake "The Usual Suspects" from the POV of...

    by rosasaks


  • July 28, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Ridley should remake Rashomon from the POV of...

    by rosasaks

    A CCTV camera.

  • July 28, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Ridley should remake "As I Lay Dying" from the POV of...

    by rosasaks

    Ernest Hemingway

  • July 28, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay should remake Citizen Kane.

    by rosasaks

  • July 28, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Vantage Point from the POV of... god, who's left?

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 28, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Was gonna say something clever...

    by thedottedlion

    Then I read the comments. Turns out I'm not half as clever as I thought. I'm glad the film's suspended. Sounds like at least someone has half a brain.

  • July 28, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe...

    by myrtle_mae_simmons

    being as fat as very fat man probably also played a role in this decision.

  • July 28, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Denzel Washington as Hood.

    by kirttrik

    Screen magic.

  • July 28, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    It's actually postponed because of...

    by arizonahotrock

    Legend 2. Do it.

  • July 28, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover as Evil Robin Hood.

    by fiester

    That would be so awesome.

  • July 28, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Rocket Robin Hood

    by Manos

    The villan thinks he has us now He'll soon be on the run. Our systems now are A-OK The battle shall be won. So watch our rockets soaring by As Robin's ships light up the sky In ROCKET ROBIN HOOD! ROCKET ROBIN HOOD! Anybody old enough to remember that?

  • July 28, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by tenfingersofdoom

    i guess he can work on alien 5 in the meantime.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Well at least I didn't use a spoon, heheheh....

    by Han Cholo

    Cmon, you can't get a better Nottingham than Alan Rickman.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by Han Cholo

    It doesn't get any better with line delivery like that. Sorry, Rickman IS Nottingham.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Well, according to THIS..

    by oneragga Crowe is Sheriff of Nottingham...AND Hood?!?! Nottingham is Hood... Hood is Nottingham... Finckel is Einhorn!!! Holy SHITballs!!

  • July 29, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I hear Hollywood Hulk Hogan was gonna be Robin Hood


    I've seen knights in armor panic at the first hint of battle. And I've seen the lowliest, unarmed squire pull a spear from his own body, to defend a dying horse. Nobility is not a birthright. It's defined by one's actions, BROOOOOOOTHEEERRRR.

  • July 29, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by SG Xibalba

    If he does another film with Russell Crowe after this I'll eat my own colon. Hell, i'll eat yours too.

  • July 29, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    What the hell.

    by halberd

    now that the delay seems definite, this truly vexes me.

  • July 29, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Faux Schloss

    by ClanDestiny

    Damn shame... the builds here at shepperton looked amazing. Luckily we're still making 'Berlin' which has hitler as the god guy trying to defend Germany against an empirical churchill and those pesky yanks...

  • July 29, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Beer and meat pies

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Go the Rabbitohs!!!

  • July 29, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Get Costner to play Robin Hood.

    by Knuckleduster

    No, I'm serious. He can do it.<p> And someone get Brian Adams to write another song. God, the chicks loved that shit.

  • July 29, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Rommel Catuncan

    Kevin Costner is a lot cheaper these days and he can bring his own masseuse.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Costner American Hood> Connery's Scottish Hood

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I love Sean Connery but he was NEVER a good actor. Look in your heart - you know this to be true.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Errol Flynn = Definitive Robin Hood.

    by Dick Bahls

    No need to ever make it again. As for Kevin Cocksner's "Robin of Malibu Beach", that turd is where it belongs, every time I see it in the deeply discounted rack of unwatchable DVD's.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Schindler's List from the POV of the Nazis?

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    What? Might be interesting?

  • July 29, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I think this is progress...

    by bswise

    Now, if his Blood Meridian can be permanently postponed, I think we'll be getting somewhere. Who doesn't want to see a Ridley Scott western? I, for one, especially not Blood Meridian. Give it back to John Hillcoat and Nick Cave instead. It's the logical next project for them after the The Proposition and this year's The Road, which will surely kick everyone's ass. Scott seems like he doesn't really know what he wants to do anymore, other than studio prestige projects. But he could make a lot of people happy by again directing some groundbreaking science fiction.

  • July 29, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery was never a good actor!?!?

    by bswise

    Yeah, except as the quintessential James Bond in seven outings, and in such films as Marnie, The Wind And The Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, Robin and Marian, and The Name of the Rose, and even in such B-movie fare as Outland, The Untouchables, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, and Highlander, but, yeah, other than those few performances, what good was he?

  • July 29, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Armageddon from the POV of the asteroid!

    by FastEddie8139

    I smell Oscar!

  • July 29, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Rick Flemming eh?

    by J.B.M.A.

    I guess I should've expected as much from someone who thinks Costner's Hood to be in any way definitive, but curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on your blog. Wish I hadn't now. Regardless of the quality of the films you reviewed, I've seldom come across such poorly written nonsense. I'm utterly unsurprised that you got fired from, well, anywhere...

  • July 30, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    On Connery - Trainspotting said it all

    by JackRabbitSlim

    "No, it's not bad, but it's not great either, is it? And in your heart you kind of know that although it seems all right... it's actually just shite." AND "All I am trying to do is to help you understand that "The Name of the Rose" is merely a blip on an otherwise uninterrupted downward trajectory." He's an immensely charismatic MOVIE STAR who could NEVER do ANY accent besides Scottish and whose James Bond has already been outstripped by the far superior ACTOR Daniel Craig.