We reported back in April that Leonardo DiCaprio is producing Robin Hood: Origins, described as "a gritty version of the rogue do-gooder Robin Hood." The project wasn't set up at a studio at that time, but now Lionsgate has picked up the project, and the studio is eyeing Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) to direct. Lionsgate reportedly met with a number of up and coming filmmakers, but it seems they have their sights set on Otto Bathurst. Lionsgate is hoping to start production on Robin Hood: Origins next year, especially since there are other Robin Hood movies in the works at Sony, Disney and Warner Bros.
Robin Hood: Origins is being compared to The Dark Knight movies, centering on the title character as he returns home to Sherwood Forrest after fighting in The Crusades, only to find that his hometown has been overrun with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws to take back his home. The script was written by Joby Harold, who wrote Warner Bros.' Knights of the Round Table, which is set to kick off a massive franchise lead by star Charlie Hunnam and director Guy Ritchie.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran, along with Safe House's Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. Otto Bathurst directed the pilot episode of Peaky Blinders, and films such as Hustle and Five Days. He is also set to direct Three Seconds starring Luke Evans and David Oyelowo, but it isn't known if that project or Robin Hood: Origins will start shooting first.