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April 30, 2010

The Gladiator version of Robin Hood

Ridley Scott explains why he hasn't made a good film in ten years.

Scott’s version of Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion, has undergone some drastic revisions since Universal won a bidding war for Nottingham, a script which told the folktale from a point of view sympathetic to the sheriff. In true Hollywood tradition, the concept was scrapped entirely and the script rewritten many times to come up with what producer Brian Grazer calls “the Gladiator version of Robin Hood.”

According to Scott, “The Nottingham script read a bit like CSI in green tights and I thought, 'Why are we doing this?’ If you’ve got a subject about Robin Hood, why on earth are you calling it Nottingham? So we rewrote it from page one. It’s not a remake, it’s a brand new story.

Whereas I think, "Why did you do that?" Since Universal bought Nottingham in a bidding war they presumably saw something of merit in the property. Now you discover you don't like its CSI in green tights take on the subject matter, perhaps you should have read it before agreeing to direct the project.

Meanwhile someone wrote a potentially interesting take on Robin Hood and, thanks to Ridley Scott and Universal, our chances of ever seeing it are nil. Instead, we get yet another warmed over version of Gladiator.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 30, 2010 05:47 AM