The script adds to the list of ‘Robin Hood’ projects currently in development.
Could ‘Robin Hood’ be the next iconic character to have his history explored with an edgy origins movie? Well it looks likely, as Deadline reports that studio Lionsgate has acquired the script for Joby Harold’s Robin Hood: Origins, which gives a different take on the famed character.
Kevin Costner is one of the many actors to have portrayed Robin Hood on the big screen
While little is known about the script, Deadline writes that Harold's story is said to be 'an edgier take on the fabled do-gooder who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.’ The film will be produced by Appian Way, alongside Harold and Tory Tunnell through their Safehouse Pictures banner.
The film adds to the list of Robin Hood related projects currently in production around Hollywood. Disney is currently working on Nottingham & Hood, which is said to be a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque revisionist take on the character's story.
While Sony last year purchased the script for Hood costing a reported $1 million from Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, which is said to be like The Fast and Furious meets Mission: Impossible.
But the Robin Hood: Origins script also isn't the only Harold penned project currently in Hollywood. Filming is already underway on Harold's Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, with Guy Ritchie directing and Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana and Jude Law starring.
The story of Robin Hood has been told numerous times on the big screen since the early 1900s. Silent screen star Douglas Fairbanks played the swashbuckling hero in 1922’s Robin Hood and 16 years later Errol Flynn took on the role in The Adventures of Robin Hood, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
Kevin Costner gave the noble thief a different look in the early 90s with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, co-starring Alan Rickman. While more recently Russell Crowe played the character in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, released in 2010.