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Scott's Nottingham alters Robin Hood again

RidleyScott.jpgRidley Scott's Nottingham has just had a major rework of story line, and also as a by product of that, of leading actor, well one of them, even if it is the same actor. Confused? You won't be in a few moments.

First up Scott has revealed that his upcoming film Nottingham, which tells the story of Robin Hood in a very different way to the one we've known, is to get a title change, a huge scripting change, and a cut in work for the leading actor by exactly fifty percent.

The title change is from Nottingham to Robin Hood, and that should instantly give you an idea of what else is happening with the film. The first is that the idea of Russell Crowe playing both the Sheriff and the Robin Hood and therefore reworking the mythology to show Robin Hood as being the Sheriff in disguise, is out the window.

A big "phew" on that score everyone, because that idea didn't sound at all workable, never mind if it was any good, and it really didn't sound good at all. Ridley Scott has revealed to MTV through Total Film that this idea was a bit further back in time and things are moving on now.

"Russell Crowe as both Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham was an idea so far back, way back when at the time I had this proposed to me, and I read it and thought, 'I don't really know what it does for it, but it's alright,'…

…It is better to simply have the evolution of a character called Robin Hood, who will come out of the Crusades."

So that means that the workload is halved for Crowe, he's not playing both the Sheriff and Robin Hood, and even more on that score is that the Sheriff may not really be in the film that much, and the focus of the story sounds more like the crusades than anything. I'm getting a little confused as to where the original Robin Hood story is.

"Robin Hood is in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion, as a bowman."

…and Scott reveals that the enemy is actually not the Sheriff:

"It is the French…The villain is much bigger in that sense; much more important, and much more dangerous…

…The Sheriff of Nottingham is always a kind of an amusing character in most of the movies, who represents the hierarchy in the story at that point…"

Okay, then read this quote as well and you might be getting the same sort of hints that I am.

"The hierarchy and the wealthy always ruled over the under class, and fundamentally that doesn't change, because Robin Hood is actually the person who finally - in terms of the overall classical idea of the film - will help the poor, probably taking from the rich."

He "will" be the traditional Robin Hood from the stories we've always seen to date, does that mean that this story of Robin Hood will be one that follows him during the crusades? Sounds more like it. It sounds like an origin tale for the story we've seen time and time again in film and that he won't be robbing from the rich just yet, and perhaps not even in England, after all he "is in the army" who were fighting in the crusades at the time.

The story also reveals that Production Weekly has more casting for Robin Hood, Oscar Isaac, Vanessa Redgrave, William Hurt, Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchet, Gordon Pinsent and Mark Strong are still rumoured.

Those are some big changes. What do you think about them? For the better? I think the move away from the original split-personality type idea is good, but the whole move away from the traditional Robin Hood story is a bit of a grey area one for me, it could be really good or it could be really bad. Where do you fall on it?



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