Ridley Scott's Nottingham is the 'Gladiator Version of Robin Hood'!
Way back in April we ran some news about a revisionist Robin Hood in the works from legendary director Ridley Scott titled Nottingham that would star Russell Crowe. Since then it hasn't been mentioned because Ridley has been hard at work finishing American Gangster due out on November 2nd. However, at the recent press events for American Gangster this past weekend, producer Brian Grazer said a few very exciting things regarding Nottingham, including that it "is the Gladiator version of Robin Hood."
Grazer added via MTV that, "I think it will have the same propulsion that Gladiator had - the same adrenaline hits." Can you imagine that? My jaw dropped just thinking about a Gladiator-epic version of the Robin Hood tale! Apparently the story is a bit different than almost everyone knows. Told from the Sheriff’s point of view, the new movie centers around a familiar, yet very different, set of characters. Ridley Scott elaborates on the story further, and it's an interesting twist.
"Richard the Lionheart is on his return from the Crusades [when] he took an arrow in his neck and died," Scott said of the flick's set-up. "His brother, John, [becomes king.]" John, known in his own life as John Lackland (because as the youngest son he didn't get any inheritance) "was actually pretty smart," Scott insisted. "[But] he got a bad rap because he introduced taxation. So he's the bad guy in this."
Meanwhile, "You've got the returning Nottingham who is the right hand man of Richard and witnesses Richard taking the arrow," Scott revealed. "And so he comes back to England to carry forward Richard's dream about England." The Sheriff, then, strives to do right while caught in the middle of two wrongs – on one side a corrupt and unpopular King who orders him to arrest outlaws, on the other the outlaw himself who threatens to rouse the public in popular anarchy.
"[Caught between] the minority of haves and the majority of have nots."
I know I'm totally sold on this. I was sold at "Gladiator version of Robin Hood." I really am excited to see what Ridley Scott and especially Russell Crowe will bring to this. I think it has all the right pieces in place, now it just needs a solid script from a good writer and for pre-production to begin before the strike hits next summer. Whenever this arrives I certainly know we'll have a film that will live up to Gladiator - and that would be a phenomenal achievement.
The photo at the top is courtesy of deviantART.