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Wanna See What A Ridley Scott ROBIN HOOD Castle Looks Like??

Merrick here...
A reader named Paul Ruddick sent this in from "Bourne Woods , just south of Farnham, United Kingdom." It's the castle/surrounding area set for the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe ROBIN HOOD project.

Crowe, by the way, recently told AP that work was tentatively progressing on another MASTER AND COMMANDER film - he'd again appear as Jack Aubrey. It's said to be an amalgam of several books in the Aubrey series, primarily focusing on THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL; it's already been scripted. You can find it, and other Aubrey tales, HERE.

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  • July 22, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    First to not get excited about this.

    by Beezbo

    but I'm trying.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    2nd to agree

    by Sparhawk38

    I just can't get up for it. I like will have some good acting, but it is hard for me to feel any freshness about this project.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Because if not, there are plenty of castles available all over Europe they could have used. I suppose it is a good sign that Ridley is going for practical effects rather than just CGI-ing his way through actual locations.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by MegaBeth

    Probably not

  • July 22, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • July 22, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Fetchez la vache!

    by jimmy rabbitte

  • July 22, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Same set as Gladiator?

    by Fafaflowhi

    I know fields all look alike but that forest clearing looks just like the one from the opening battle of Gladiator.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    The green catapult seems kind of modern looking

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    At least they're not CGIing it.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    wow a generic small castle

    by blckmgk13


  • July 22, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Isn't that the Gladiator set?

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Some of it looks like where the first battle occurred. Still, I like when Crowe works with Scott. They're a good team.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    You should all be in a dungeon.

    by mitortilla

    for being such lame asses. Its just a set piece.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Why didn't they just use Nottingham Castle?

    by twisted_lullaby

  • July 22, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    by twisted_lullaby

    Oh yeah, because it's basically just a big house.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I am not

    by Sparhawk38

    in a good mood today. I love movies...but I am starting to lose the will. When I see how much money gets wasted on stuff like "Transformers" it just sucks all the life out of me. I really liked the new trek movie...but couldn't some of the weirder plot issues have been worked out. Kirk's running from a monster on an ice planet and accidentally stumbling into a cave inhabited by the other universe's was jarring...I is a good movie well acted and directed...but if you are spending gdp of a small country on a movie...hire someone to step back and offer some perspective...I don't know...maybe that scene was an homage to the original series or sci fi writing in general...tongue in cheek. Am I off topic? AND...SY FY is a dumb move for the Sci Fi Channel. I can't watch SY FY...changes everything.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    YES!! A new MASTER AND COMMANDER film!!!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    The first one is an amazing piece of cinema, IMO. I wish Ridley Scott was directing that rather than other ROBIN HOOD remake.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Hey, wait a minute. How'd Robin Hood get a castle?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    So much for rob from the rich to give to the poor. The Merry Men are freaking worse than the Red Cross about paying executive bonuses.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    More *Master and Commander*...

    by SadCadillac

    Yes, Yes Yes!!! Personally, I'm more excited about this prospect than another go at Robin Hood. Please bring Peter Weir back to direct!

  • July 22, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by DarrylStrawberry

    better have Christian Slater. i think Darryl Strawberry should play the sheriff!

  • July 22, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I want to see

    by Sparhawk38

    a film showing a motion captured audience watching cgi'd people making a motion captured movie about someone coming up with an original idea.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Scriptgirl told us about this last week.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    twisted lullaby

    by jacksparness

    They didn't use it because its not really a castle, the original castle like structure was burnt down a few hundred years ago during the english civil war - its more of a stately home now

  • July 22, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Mozz3r

    It's the same location. I think its even the exact same place. I'm from Farnham so I've nosed around a few times. Its also the same area where they recently filmed parts of The Wolf Man and Harry Potter... If anyone actually cares.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    pfft Its only a model

    by ltgalloway

    On second thought, lets not go to Camelot. Tis' a silly place.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Unsure as to why they're remaking this

    by Star Hump

    The 1939 version stands alone. Still, it's Ridley Scott; I'll give it a shot. Russel Crowe looks like ass though. He should've been cast as Friar Tuck. Couldn't they find someone with a bit of the 'ol swashbuckling panache to play Robin?

  • July 22, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I know it has already been said...but....

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    At least they're building set pieces and not using CGI. Other than that? yawn

  • July 22, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Gosh, we're all really impressed down here

    by greyspecter

    I'd like to transpose Harry's in-depth review of Public Enemies to properly express my feelings about this "Cool News". . . *ahem* <p>Mehh

  • July 22, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Thank the Gods sets building still exsist in Hollywood

    by aphextwin

    You have to admit, this looks way better than any CGI castle. and Master and Commander is fantastic...bring on the sequel!

  • July 22, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Don't forget to show your friends the NEW AVATAR POSTER

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Spread the word about Avatar since obviously Cameron won't... <P> <P>Be sure to tell your parents about Avatar fucking their eyes in December

  • July 22, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Surely some studio must have a 'castle' on the backlot where Scott could shoot. Like that stretch of street with the elevated train which has been used in god knows how many movies.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Should have used the Fisher Price version.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Remember playing with that when I was a kid. It was the best castle ever.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Everything I do...

    by HerbWestAustin

    I do it for you...

  • July 22, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Looks to be

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    part practical, part CGI, just as the sets in Gladiator. Good move. The less compu-shit the better.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    it's only a model

    by Cotsos


  • July 22, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Tis a silly place

    by kikuchiyoboy

  • July 22, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The Avatar poster

    by mitortilla

    "This Film Will Rape your Eyeballs" -Pete Travers Rolling Stone

  • July 22, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by OptimusCrime

  • July 22, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    CAPTAIN JACK AUBREY!!!! HUZZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by YackBacker

    Merrick, that story could be its own headline! Proto-Captain Kirk Jack Aubrey Returns To The Enter- err Surprise!

  • July 22, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I can hear the EWB already...

    by Frisco

  • July 22, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I use a spoon for EVERYTHING...because it hurts more.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 22, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Speaking of The Wolf Man

    by jim

    Where's that movie disappeared to? I remember seeing a bootleg trailer (probably from last year's Comic Con) quite some time ago. Haven't heard boo about it since. A movie that was all over the radar a year ago seems to have gone stealth.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Is this Ivanhood?

    by vadakinX

    You know, Robin Hood was nothing more than an outlaw, but the novel, Ivanhoe, which has Robin Hood as a character, also had a character called Locksley and since then Robin Hood has essentially been a combination of the old Robin Hood stories, Locksley and Ivanhoe, creating a nobleman who fights in the Crusades and comes home to find Prince John and the Sheriff conspiring to overthrow the king while oppressing the people.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    See what a boring Ridlet Scott movie looks like

    by Series7

  • July 22, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Where's Ahchoo?

    by SpyGuy

    A Jew? Here?

  • July 22, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    that crane is too green

    by just pillow talk

    It'll never look good in the movie.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    This is news? IT LOOKS LIKE A CASTLE!!

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Wow, what a fucking surprise. Meanwhile, news that Romero is pushing forward his new Dead film, and that it finally has a title - Survival of the Dead - is markedly lacking from the site.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

  • July 22, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of Gladiator

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 22, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Reckoner

    Mel passed on the script...

  • July 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott and the Quest for the Holy Grail

    by little_lebowski

    "On second thought, let's not go there. It is a silly place." Aw c'mon, you knew someone was gonna say it. And deep down, you would have been sad if someone didn't.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    SadCadillac speaks the truth!

    by dderidex

    A new 'Master and Commander' is, indeed, FAR better news than anything else in this post. I'm more concerned about getting Paul Bettany as Maturin, again, than who the directing choice is (but Weir did very well). But awesome, awesome news.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe

    by Reckoner

    If this movie isn't a hit, then Russell Crowe will be doing supporting roles for a long time. He hasn't had a hit since like Beautiful Mind. Cinderella Man bombed, 3:10 to Yuma probably broke even, Body of Lies tanked, State of Play was virtually ignored. He's doing good work, but the audiences are not flocking at all. This is the kind of role and movie people want to see him, though, so I think Robin Hood will do well.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Same Castle

    by movieman742

    This castle will also be used the the last Harry Potter movie. Saw these pics about 3 weeks ago on another movie news site, they were talking a little about it and they mentioned that after Ridley is done the the HP production will use them. I never read the books so I have no clue what scene they are speaking of.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, I forgot

    by Reckoner

    about American Gangster which was a big success. But I also forgot about A Good Year, which was the biggest bomb of the year a few years back. It made like $7 million and probably cost $80 million to make.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by louisse

    thats some real gangster shit yo

  • July 22, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

    ... Many Cereal box tops did they send in to get that set? Cheap!

  • July 22, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Wow that castle is so... castley

    by Damien Chowder

  • July 22, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    The castles in Portugal are amazing

    by mitortilla

    I dunno why they don't just use a real one.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Yay Castles!!!

    by andrew coleman

    Love the green crane didn't know they had those back then.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Only if Peter Weir is directing!

    by D.Vader

    Honestly, I can't believe the Master and Commander sequel doesn't get its own story. Instead its hidden in a story that many people won't click on because they don't care. Pisspoor job of reporting. A Master and Commander sequel is bigger news than these pictures in my book. <p> But again, only if Peter Weir is directing.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Reckoner, to be fair

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Do you think any of those films would have been hits even if Shia LaBeouf and Will Smith were starring? I think Russell Crowe has "period piece tough guy" and "will put on weight or act quirky for an otherwise throw away role" cornered for a few more years.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    It's only a model. . .

    by bagwanbob

  • July 22, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    D.Vader, agreed- Weir needs to be running it

    by YackBacker

    And they should aim to do two more movies in that series at least. M&C has built a pretty solid cult following after it came out- I think it's box office prospects are very solid.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Great news about a new Jack Aubrey film

    by jimmy_009

    That first one was FANTASTIC!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Larry Sellers

    In all seriousness this looks neat. Neat.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • July 22, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Did anyone ever really run into Giant Wood Spikes?

    by jackshephard

  • July 22, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    It is the same place they shot Gladiator...

    by Starscraper

    According to Wikipedia the opening battle was also filmed at Bourne Woods.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Spiking does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    jackshephard, bad ass bloke with a giant mallet gets taken out by GIANT WOOD SPIKES in CONAN.<p><p> Perhaps the greatest 37 seconds ever commited to celluloid!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Copy, paste + remove the gap in the web address to watch.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Bourne Woods...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    is where they filmed the battle scenes in Gladiator. But sod this, I'm more interested in the new Master and Commander film.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    The point of big wood spikes was to stop cavalry. Which are the bane of archers. So what they'd do historically is put up rows of archers with these wooden stakes in front of them to guard them from cavalry and use that setup to mow down the oncoming infantry.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, that was unimpressive

    by DarthJedi

    Was that a movie set or a Ren Faire?

  • July 22, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    more Master & Commander please

    by IAmLegolas

    Let's play, Master and Commander, come on! MASTER AND COMMANDER!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Does anyone here dislike MASTER AND COMMANDER?

    by YackBacker

    Didn't think so. It's the movie that could unite the world.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by IForgotAbout19

    Should have been a John Deere. Jesus!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Domi's Inner Child

    by Reckoner

    Yeah, I think if you put a hot-streak actor in those they would have done better. The point is the studios don't care. They put the blame on the big actor anchoring the movie more often than not. The actor will get the blame for poor box office performance. And if Robin Hood doesn't perform, Crowe is in jeopardy with big leading roles, especially because this role is his bread and butter, and the fact that he has been cold at the box office more often than not the last several years.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this set used on Xena?

    by harrys_site_sucks

    Looks cheap, real cheap. Interest level droping

  • July 22, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I would give both testicles for another Master & Commander

    by Rhuragh

    It's not like I'm using them anyway.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    MASTER & COMMANDER was a great film

    by Lamerz

    A sequel to that is more than welcome if they bring back Weir. That is fantabulous news!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Even better was the lesser known MASTER & PADAWAN

    by Lamerz

  • July 22, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Case in point...

    by Reckoner

    Matt Damon would have been screwed if The Bourne Identity didn't do well. Same w/ Russell Crowe and this. When that movie came out, he had 3 high-profile bombs in a row. He would be doing smaller, supporting stuff now if that movie didn't take off. Even he said that.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    How could anyone dislike MASTER AND COMMANDER?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "So it's every hand to his rope or gun, quick's the word and sharp's the action. After all... surprise is on our side."<P>Great stuff. The film is expertly crafted (more Peter Weir please!) and seems to get even better as time goes by.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Send them to:<p>Master & Commander testicle gift set<p>PO Box 252<p>Hollywood, CA 90038<p>Your Master & Commander rub-on tatoo and mug will be in the mail shortly thereafter.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Lucas-Abrams collab: Master Yoda & Commander Spock

    by Lamerz

    In theaters 12/21/12

  • July 22, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Merrick, brother- we need a headline story just for M&C!

    by YackBacker

    Just so we can quote the movie back and forth ad nauseum.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    A new Master and Commander? YES PLEASE!

    by flickchick85

    My interest in this Robin Hood film pales in comparison to the very prospect that there may be another M&C movie. The 1st one is easily one of my top 10 favorite films. I truly hope Crowe can get Peter Weir on board with the new one though, b/c his direction was essential to the brilliance M&C, imo.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I live just up from there!

    by Lloytron

    That's like 5 mins away from my house!

  • July 22, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander II: Masterer and Comanderer

    by Dr Lizardo

  • July 22, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    i am the master....and the commander.

    by StonedWriter88

    it was a good movie, but my favorite thing about it is how now i can brag that im that. just like master shake and kenny powers. robin hood should be good i think. hopefully the kids take after him, stealing from the rich seems like a good idea. i was thinking that of all directors, michael mann has worked with a lot of big name actors. such as...robert de niro, al pacino, daniel day lewis, russel crowe, tom cruise, will smith, jonny depp, jamie foxx, christan bale, and so on. pretty solid. i am the master and the commander!

  • July 22, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    ** Commanderer, damn it, Commanderer

    by Dr Lizardo

  • July 22, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    2 Master 2 Commander

    by Lamerz

  • July 22, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Looks Interesting…

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Apparently, there’s some kind of time travel angle here. I assumed this was a straight Robin Hood story, but the modern day equipment has me thinking this is going in an entirely different direction. I look forward to the montage sequence where Crowe teaches the savages to use modern technology, perhaps leading up to a dramatic sequence where Robin Hood boldly leads the merry men in some kind of wrecking ball assault. “At my signal, release the BALL!”

  • July 22, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Master & C2mmander

    by Lamerz

  • July 22, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Always pick the lesser of two weevils...

    by kravmaguffin

    Robin Hood castle story = not cool news. Master & Commander sequel news = cool news. eol

  • July 22, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I_Snake_Plissken: Two wrecking ball assault

    by Lamerz

    ... the Sherriff then radios for help, "I am standing under the enemy's scrotum."

  • July 22, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander is frickin' awesome.

    by Orbots Commander

    More excited about news of a new Jack Aubrey movie with Crowe, than Robin Hood; sorry, Ridley. I've read that though that the new story will be less ship action and more court room drama, with plenty of powdered British wigs. <p> That has me concerned; I'm not too keen on watching a 19th century John Grisham movie.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    My mate is working on it now

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Its all flaming arrows and boiling oil! Sounds great. Wish I was working on it! lol

  • July 22, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Just one problem

    by AsimovLives

    Back at the time of when robin Hood suposedly lived, the majority if not all norman castles (like the set for one as in the picture above) they were mostly made of wood. The wood was later and slowly substituted for stone, but it took centuries until realised. All of the castles of england being made fully of stone only happened in the 15th century, when there was any wood castles anymore.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    just pillow talk

    by Rhuragh it a pirate skull and bones tattoo?

  • July 22, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by Rhuragh

    "Subject to the requirements of the service." *sigh* <BR><BR>"Well, Stephen, the bird's flightless?" <BR><BR>"Yes." <BR><BR>"It's not going anywhere."

  • July 22, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by AsimovLives

    "Master & Commander is frickin' awesome."<br><br>Her! Her!<br><br>I say, that movie was completly ripped off of it's deserved oscar. Regardles sof how much i like the LOTR movies, M&C was the true masterpiece of that year, and it was shamelessly robbed of a much deserved oscar. For shame!

  • July 22, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Robinhood meets gladiator?

    by wonderboy2402

    Getting that vibe, and not necessarily a good one...

  • July 22, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    "But, I've never met a dead man who bought me a drink."

    by savagedave

    "And, I've never met a live one that you've bought one for neither."

  • July 22, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I know that Russell Crowe needs a hit movie...

    by Orbots Commander

    I'm not sure that Robin Hood is it though. <p> He should have taken a chance and worked with another director outside of his comfort zone, maybe like Clint Eastwood. In fact, if Crowe wanted a REAL big hit, how about if Clint directs him in a new Man-With-No-Name adventure, with Crowe in the squinty-eyed, poncho-wearing, lead role? <p> It'd be huge.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    That's a dubious statement on castles considering that by the turn of the 11th century, the progession into stone fortifications was already WELL underway. And Robin Hood is usually equated with King Richard The Lionheart therefore placing him in about the 12th century, I believe.<P>And's "Hear, Hear!".

  • July 22, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by savagedave

    "May I trouble you for the salt?"

  • July 22, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by AsimovLives

    Still proving your idioticy? No need, we already know it quite well, you can rest now.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    That pole right down there in the middle...

    by REMcycle where the lord of the land declared his right to Prima Nocte...the day before Mel fucked him up, that is.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Well, my "idiocy" just schooled yours. Thanks for playing anyway.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    For the next M&C they should segue into TEMERAIRE and have Crowe discover a dragon egg on a French ship.

  • July 22, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Not many ancient English castles have their own crane to use...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Will Robin Hood be using it?

  • July 22, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The best version of Robin Hood was

    by Ecto-1

    the UK TV series called Robin of Sherwood which was made in the 80's. It incorporated a lot of Celtic mythology which was really cool. Again, over the years there have been some great mythological based books published that would make for far better films than this very stale looking version by Scott/Crowe. All the Robin Hood films have been incredibly shit. This one looks more of the same.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Wow, that is FUCKING AWESOME!

    by strosmer

    That castle is mindblowing. Thanks for posting guys. Keep up the great work.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    hey you guise!

    by SylarTheCylon

    Robin Hood? Why are they making this shit? Where is alien5, bladerunner2? WTF, Ridley, why aren't you making SCIENCE FICTION movies, like you were born to do? Fuck this shit, and the paper mache castle. All hail the SECOND COMING OF JC, OUR SAVIOR, GOD BLESS YOU FOR AVATAR, THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    YES, Master and Commander 2!

    by Stollentroll

    Please be back Peter Weir.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Braveheart 2: Brave Harder

    by Darth_Inedible

    Modern Day Reboot Directed by Ratner - Starring The Rock™ as John "Braveheart" McTavish - Cop on a mission to clean up a Los Angeles neighborhood overrun by a medival English warlord and his army.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives and fortifications

    by volcanopele2

    Actually, Mr. Nice Gaius is just about right. He is off by a century (the legend of Robin Hood has been associated with King Richard and King John who were from the late 12th to early 13th Centuries; 1190-1215 roughly). By this time, most fortifications in the Plantagenet-controlled lands , walled cities and castles, were being built out stone, rather than wood, which was more common in the around the turn of the millennium.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Does anyone here dislike MASTER AND COMMANDER?

    by Star Hump

    HELL NO!

  • July 22, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Does anyone here dislike MASTER AND COMMANDER?

    by Star Hump

    HELL NO!

  • July 22, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander

    by awardgiver

    The first blu ray I got, and I am still building a collection for when I plunk down the money...its gonna be a beautiful christmas!

  • July 22, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Looks like the same spot as that opening scene in..

    by hallmitchell


  • July 22, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    M&C is one of the few movies I bothered to own.

    by Orbots Commander

    It sits on my shelf, right in between It's a Wonderful Life and Goodfellas.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    MASTER and COMMANDER 2 Hell Yes!!

    by saintaugust favorite, my favorite

  • July 22, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Like I said earlier, such universal praise for M&C is special

    by YackBacker

    We fucking tear each other's throats out over everything! But M&C hovers above the fray... feeding us with cinematic nourishment and love. That's fucking astounding.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Delighted to see all the Master and Commander love...

    by Tom Whitaker

    A genuine, rare example of when the Hollywood system failed to stop a great piece of big-budget cinema from getting made. Would love to see more.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Re: Ecto-1

    by takapa

    Gotta agree. Robin of Sherwood was the best Robin Hood adaptation I have ever seen. If you haven't seen it, you have a lot to look forward to.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    As a person who didn't really like the recent BBC Robin Hood

    by Amy Chasing

    series, I have to admit the very last episode was suprisingly good. Well, compared to the rest of the series. Surely Mr Scott can top that...

  • July 22, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Looks like an FN renaissance fair...

    by PessimusGrime

    ...but with a slightly bigger budget and a lot less fat-ass goth chicks.

  • July 22, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    jackshephard it's a deterrent for mounted soldiers

    by MurderMostFowl

    It's the make people have to go around and not be able to maintain a full charge. <BR> Showing down on horse or on foot meant you could be vulnerable to archers.

  • July 22, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    my favorite Mast and Commander part

    by MurderMostFowl

    They actually portrayed cannon fire accurately when it came to the sound delay... see the flash.... pause... then the boom. It proved that it audiences aren't stupid, and that it can be used to great effect.

  • July 22, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    if there's one thing Ridley Scott does best is sets

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    it might have something to do with the fact that he was a set designer before becoming director. the stuff in alien and blade runner is mindblowing.

  • July 22, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander...hmmm...

    by SquireWamba

    I guess I'm in the minority when it comes to Jack Aubrey and RC playing him. I've read that series for years and Jack is a huge, fat guy (ok, more solid than fat but Big!) and when I heard the casting for the first one I was pretty depressed...but it's Hollywood and if they mangled the characters and spliced the bowline to get it made I should be grateful there is even a hint of O'Brian on the screen. For the good parts, I thought Paul Bettany was spot on as Stephen Maturin, all the innards of the ship and working of the crew...was nice to see rather than read about but if you're a big fan of the books there is enough to grate a bit...Billy Boyd as Barrett Bonden...a big hulk of a man? uh, no...although Killick was good and the Rome actor who played the midshipman... ++++slight spoiler++++ There are a lot of his books that would make better telling than "Reverse of the Medal" imho...Jack makes a few blunders on land with a tip on investments and ends up losing his commission in the RN...Stephen is rich by now and buys the old Surprise and outfits her as a privateer so they sail off with a Letter of Marque to try and regain his good name...but if they're combining books again...who knows what mishmash we'll get. It was a good movie...especially if you didn't have the 'burden' of having read and loved the books...I just hope they get back Peter Weir and Paul Bettany at the least. Cheerio!

  • July 22, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander 2: Whale-blubber Boogaloo

    by jim

    Master & Commander 2: The Rise of The Chronicles

  • July 22, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    seen better LEGO work...

    by frank cotton

  • July 22, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    No blades, no bows, leave your weapons here.


    God I loved that guy.

  • July 22, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander sequel,

    by raw_bean

    something I never expected to see but am immensely excited about. :)

  • July 22, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe is great, too bad audiences don't like him...

    by TheWaqman

    but audiences like Christian Bale (for some reason) so what the fuck do they know? I'm happy to see him still able to get leading roles. Robin Hood looks like it's gearing up to be "Kingdom of Gladiator" which is fine by me since both of those films were fucking ace. Especially Kingdom of Heaven: DC.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    As a History of Architecture expert

    by kabong

    specializing in 12th century castles . . . or pretending to be such an expert on this msg brd . . . I'd have to say, This isn't selling me yet.

  • July 23, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Y'know, this castle looks a bit familiar...<p>

  • July 23, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't the walls be painted with lime?

    by Dingbatty

    So much for historical inaccuracy. They always err on the side of too much squalor in the movies.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    historical Accuracy. brain hiccough yet again

    by Dingbatty

  • July 23, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    What is the? Fucking Monty Python?

  • July 23, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    yeah its the same locale as Gladiator

    by Righteous Brother

  • July 23, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    It would be a canon and two canon balls, in honor of what you gave up in the name of Master & commander.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    If there is another Master & Commander, then...

    by rbatty024

    it needs to be directed by Peter Weir. Without him there should be no sequel.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Master and Commander 2: Fuck Yes

    by Kobaal

    My favourite bit was the little kid kicking ass.<p> Seriously, this is way cooler news than Robin Hood. (Though the castle and all that looks good.)

  • July 23, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    It's a pre-fab castle, with it's own jacuzzi!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 23, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I am working on the film

    by Captain RawBeard

    the castle is an impressive set, but the entire village of Nottingham was awesome, when stood in the middle it really felt like you were back in time.<br> <br> It defo has a Kingdom of Heaven feel,some of the battles have an epic feel to them.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Its a constructicon!

    by Anything But Tangerines

    A combiner! Run, Sam!

  • July 23, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    It's only a model...

    by palooka_boy

  • July 23, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    On second thoughts...lets not go there...

    by KillaKane

    it is a silly place. NB: Smacks of Gladiator reincarnated in tights, not too far removed from Nick Cave's rejected sequel script.

  • July 23, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Yes! More Jack Aubrey, please!

    by Neil Peart

    <p>I've been praying for a sequel ever since the screen faded to black at the end of M & C.</p> <p>If you folks liked the movie do yourselves a favor and read the books as they are most wonderful!</p>

  • July 23, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    just pillow talk

    by Rhuragh

    Fucking sold., where did I leave that knife?

  • July 23, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Porn version: MASTER ME, COMMANDER!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 23, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    From what i understood, the normans build their castles on wood, because they need to build a lot of fortifications in the quick, to help stabilize a conquered land. The turning of the wood to stone happen for a long time. At the time of robin Hood, say, the 12th or 13th century, the castles were still half made of wood. The stonework was directed to the inner fortificatiosn, like the Keep or the inner ring of walls and the gatehouse. We need to remember that all castles had at least two set of walls, one interior around the keep, the another to serve as exterior defense. By the 12th adn 13th century, english castles had at the very least the keep made of stone already, and for the richer castles, a inner stone wall and gatehouse. But the exterior walls were still made of wood, and they only got to be made of stone about the 14th or 15th century.<br><br>The thing is, most understimate wood castles as if they were frail and easy to breach, when in fact they were not. they were made to be ready to face fire and even bombardment, they were though constructions,adn donpt let the notion of them be made of wood think they were fragille and easy to destroy, quite the contrary.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    How can people be suprised about love for Master & Commander

    by AsimovLives

    No self-respecting movie geek would feel nothing but love and awe for Master & Commander. As movies goes, it's hard to came any better then that. That movie deserved all the kudos it got, and more. That was no Jar Jar Abram's Star Trek bullshit that gets undeserved love. Oh no. Master & Commander is the real, real deal.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    A pointless post

    by Viewer 3

    Ok, what were you REALLY hoping to accomplish by posting this? You can post set pieces from just about ANY film like this and it will always seem underwhelming. This was only posted to say "look, we gots the scoopz!!", not to generate any sort of interest in this film.<p><p>This isn't the kind of movie where people will be wowed by the initial, unfinished set design. So to you people who are saying "Oh these sets look just like [insert similar movie here], absolutely nothing to get excited about, I'M NOT IMPRESSED!!!"... What EXACTLY are you expecting to be impressed by? Do you honestly think there's any possible way that you COULD get "excited" about seeing or hearing anything about a Robin Hood remake? The only way some of these people will ever say anything other than "this looks lame" is if it were some drastic retelling of the story. Like a Lord-of-the-Rings-style fantasy with crazy CGI sets, or some stupid hardcore modern "re-imagining". I wasn't "wowed" by anything I saw from a movie like Gladiator before it was released, especially the trailer, but lo and behold, I WAS wowed by the movie. Too many people are living in a "OO CAN'T WAIT TO SEE SET PIX TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE DOING IT RIGHT" fantasy world that it's impossible for them to be "impressed" by anything that doesn't blow their mind. Would you have been WOWED by set pics from Forrest Gump? Come on. It's Ridley Scott- you know this is going to be a more realistic, Gladiator-style remake. Calm down.<p><p>I agree there's nothing so far to get "overly excited" about, and I'm not really talking about people who are just genuinely underwhelmed by the whole idea. I'm referring to the people who base their enthusiasm on a film SOLELY on something like set pics, or who actually act as if these pictures could have possibly been "exciting" in any way given what we already know about the project. Some people need to learn to separate the way they approach movies like these from the "comic book adaptation" type projects.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    walls be painted with lime

    by AsimovLives

    I do know that in the south of europe and north africa they had the habit to pain the walls with lime. I didn't knew that also extended to the british islands' castles as well.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by AsimovLives

    Did you saw the set that Ridley Scott had to make for both the Kerak fortress and the walls of Jerusalem for Kingdom Of Heaven? Other then being a big construction, you wouldn't be all too amazed by it. But in the movie, it looks amazing.<br><br>I always trust Ridley Scott to make historical epics or SF. The man is at his best when he has to make a movie where the set design has to be build from the ground up, so to speak. His career stands to that.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Would you say that ol' Assimov did some castle research last night?<P>Wow.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by Viewer 3

    That's entirely my point. To be honest, I thought the set design in Gladiator was spectacular, save for some of the CGI composites. Some of the interiors were far and away some of the best I've seen as far as movies from that period go. But you wouldn't think so simply from initial pictures of just the set.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Adventures of Robin Hood was on last night...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...on AMC. The speeded up film action does look a bit hokey, but Errol Flynn's command of the screen really is something else. That movie is great just for the duel between Flynn and Basil Rathbone alone.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by AsimovLives

    The thing is, set photographs can be terribly misleading. They don't take into account the special photographic treatment done by the cinematography, and that makes a world of difference between what we see in some paparazi-style set photograph and what we see in the finished movie. something i'm sure you are very well aware of. So, set photographies never impress me, and i don't care much for them anyway, they never represent what the movie will look like.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Errol Flynn's command of his spandex chubb

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    I love how they're obviously not going for a more baggy pants+kilt combo for Russel Crowe, obviously not up to wearing tighties from his fat fuck legs.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    ARE going for

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    damn tricky language.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Yep. Castles and cathedrals in the British Isles were indeed painted/washed with lime. Limestone and sand is plentiful in England.