DreamWorks Lands Band of 'Merry Men' with New Robin Hood Project
by Ethan Anderton
March 1, 2013
There's plenty of new takes on fairytales hitting the big screen. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror arrived last year, Jack the Giant Slayer is in theaters today, Oz: The Great and Powerful arrives next week, and Emma Watson was just cast as Cinderella in a new live-action film from Disney. Now Deadline has word that DreamWorks has picked up Merry Men, a pitch for a film written by Brad Inglesby (who wrote Out of the Furnace for Scott Cooper and the remake of The Raid) with Act of Valor co-director Scott Waugh attached to helm the film which was purchased for quite an impressive amount.
The film is yet another reimagining of a familiar tale, this time focusing on Robin Hood. However, rather than rehashing what Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe (and Cary Elwes for good measure) has already done, this one is an ensemble story that focuses on Hood's band of followers including Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and love interest Maid Marian. In fact, the project is being described as being more akin to The Dirty Dozen or Ocean's Eleven. It sounds like DreamWorks must be happy with Waugh's work on Need for Speed if they're getting this new project together, so stay tuned for more.