Sony Pictures Pays Top Dollar for 'Robin Hood' Shared Universe Pitch
Thanks to the success of Marvel Studios and their plan to bring The Avengers to the big screen by way of a series of interconnected individual franchises, which has now led to more ensemble success with Guardians of the Galaxy, all the movie studios are still trying to figure out how they can do the same thing, and not just with comic books. Universal is working on plans to reboot the studio's classic monsters like Frankenstein and The Wolfman into a shared big screen universe, and now THR reports Sony Pictures is looking to spend big money on a Robin Hood pitch that will kick-off a series of interconnected films. More below!
The film is simply called Hood, and it would be followed be a series of films that would not only follow Robin Hood, but also his Merry Men, including Little John, Will Scarlett and Friar Tuck. Priest scribe Cory Goodman and up-and-coming writer Jeremy Lott are behind the pitch which is said to have a tone comparable to Mission: Impossible and the more recent Fast & Furious movies. That means we're looking at an ensemble cast and a lot of big action setpieces, which doesn't always work set far in the past.
While the idea of a big franchise focusing on Robin Hood doesn't sound like a terrible idea, the classic nature of the character doesn't make him quite as appealing as superheroes in a contemporary society. And it seems like audiences already have their archer heroes chosen with The Hunger Games and even "Arrow" on TV. Studios seem to be looking for brand familiarity and an expansive world to try and duplicate the success of Marvel Studios, but that's not all it takes. These kind of plans can be very risky, because if the first film doesn't take off with audiences, then all the plans after it will come tumbling down. Here's hoping this pitch for Hood has some real creativity and isn't just desperation.