According to The Hollywood Reporter, 300, Immortals and 300: Rise of an Empire producer Gianni Nunnari and his production house are all set to bring a futuristic take on British legend Robin Hood to the big screen, with the help of U.K. screenwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee.
Lee’s got a rather impressive geek rap sheet, having written comic books for Marvel, DC Comics, IDW Publishing and more, with titles such as X-Men Unlimited, Doctor Who, Superboy, Starship Troopers, Star Trek and Spider-Man under his belt. He also wrote a few Doctor Who audiobooks and some graphic novels, including an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But the guy is relatively new to the screenwriting gig, even though he's got a couple of them in the works, including Stoker’s Monster: Before Dracula with co-creator Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew.
The futuristic Robin Hood movie project has been in development for more than six years with Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper), followed by Michael Ross (The Throwaways), involved in penning the script. There’s not a lot of plot details out there besides the fact that the story is described as a “futuristic reimagining of Robin Hood” set in a “dystopian London with a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice.” The working title is Robin Hood 2058 (although that title may change) and Lee says he’ll “stay faithful to the legend's source material.”
With Sony, Warner, Disney and Lionsgate all wanting to play in the Sherwood Forest sandbox, Robin Hood 2058 (let's call it that for now) may offer an interesting twist on the Prince of Thieves. Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins has already found theirs in Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
Still, a futuristic take on the heroic outlaw Robin of Locksley and his Merry Men isn’t something new. Back in the '60s, a Canadian animated TV series titled Rocket Robin Hood set the characters in a futuristic, outer-space setting with them flying around the universe, endeavoring to thwart the dastardly plans of Prince John and the Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories).
What do you think? Would you be on board a futuristic Robin Hood movie?