After several years of delays, The Hollywood Gang production company is finally moving forward with Robin Hood 2058, which offers a futuristic take on the classic Robin Hood story. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the production company has brought on British writer Tony Lee to work on the script. Other writers who have worked on the project in the past include Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia) and Michael Ross (The Throwaways). Gianni Nunnari, known for his work on 300 and Immortals is producing with The Hollywood Gang.
The story is set in a futuristic, dystopian version of London, following a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice. The project's working title Robin Hood 2058 is believed to change at some point, but the site didn't reveal what the replacement title may be. Despite the massively different setting, writer Tony Lee revealed that he plans on staying faithful to the original source material. Regardless of what the story is, there are several other Robin Hood projects in development at different studios.
Lionsgate has Robin Hood: Origins in pre-production, with Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Eve Hewson (Maid Marian) and Jamie Foxx (Little John) set to star. The plot has been said to be quite gritty in tone, with some comparing it to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Production was originally scheduled to begin in February, but that caused a conflict with Taron Egerton's sequel Kingsman 2, which has been set for release on June 16, 2017. The young actor will now shoot Kingsman 2 first, before going directly into Robin Hood: Origins in either late summer or early fall.
Disney is developing Nottingham & Hood, written by Brandon Barker, which is described as a revisionist take on the Robin Hood legend. The project is said to have the same tone as the studio's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which the studio intends to spawn a franchise from. Sony Pictures also acquired a Robin Hood pitch in October from writers Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter) and Jeremy Lott (Lore), after a heated bidding war between Sony, Paramount and Working Title Films. That project will set up a Marvel-style shared universe, with the intention to launch a franchise with several different movies focusing on each of Robin Hood's band of merry men.
Tony Lee is a relative newcomer to screenwriting, but he previously worked on iconic comic books such as Spider Man, Doctor Who, Star Trek and MacGyver. He currently has a number of projects in development such as Cartel and a remake of The Thirty Nine Steps. He also has a three-picture deal with U.K.-based Boxfly Pictures. What do you think about this new project? Are there too many Robin Hood movies in the works?