Why Robin Hood Won’t Be Any Good, Maybe

A new trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Robin Hood arrived online today but I have more than mild concern about the way the movie was developed.

At first the project was called Nottingham, giving a unique telling of the story from the Sheriff of Nottingham’s point of view with Russell Crowe as the Sheriff.

Then there were rewrites and the story focused on both the Sheriff and Robin Hood with Crowe playing both roles, possibly as the same character bringing an even more unique telling of the story. Then of course there were rewrites and the film became Robin Hood all about Robin Hood as played by Crowe.

I worry about any film that completely overhauls it’s plot through rewrites rather than simply refining the script. I’d have preferred a fresh take on the story or even just an English actor; its a crime that Cary Elwes is the only English actor to have portrayed him. Of course I could be completely wrong and we could have a new, more foresty, Gladiator. Either way the new trailer is below, though you’ve probably already seen it.