Robin Hood: Origins Is A “Real Revisionist Version” Of The Folklore Classic, According To Taron Egerton


Though it’s been on the horizon for some time now, one trend that’s set to explode onto the Hollywood scene over the next two-to-three years is big-budget fantasy reboots.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, for instance, is a Guy Ritchie-directed reboot that’s due to light up theatres mid-way through 2017, while Robin Hood and the lore surrounding Sherwood Forest has proven fertile ground for a number of major studios. And so, with the Fast and Furious-styled Hood incubating at Sony and Disney’s Nottingham & Hood, one Hood-related project that has emerged as an early frontrunner in the race to release is Robin Hood: Origins, the redo headed up by Kingsman breakout Taron Egerton.


Beyond the star-studded cast –  Jamie Foxx (Little John), Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett), and Eve Hewson (Maid Marian) are all attached along with Egerton – little is known about the narrative direction of Origins, but with production now kicking into gear in Hungary, Collider caught up with Taron Egerton ahead of both Robin Hood: Origins and action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

It was here that the up-and-coming actor offered some insight into Otto Bathurst’s fantasy reboot, describing the embryonic project as a “real revisionist version of the story.”

“It’s a real reimagining; it’s not really very recognizable as Robin Hood. Robin Hood has a reputation for being quite clean and wholesome, aside from Alan Rickman’s amazing performance in the Kevin Costner version, but it’s tights and thigh-slapping and merry men. This is really kind of dark and gritty and very funny too, but it’s a real revisionist version of the story. There’s no singing and riding through the glen in this; it’s a real war movie. Quite an anti-establishment war movie, I would say… It’s dark. And Robin’s not perfect in it, either, which is what I like about it. He’s not a classic hero, he makes mistakes.”

Robin Hood: Origins is being prepped to enter production in January, when the Otto Bathurst-directed reboot will lens for four-and-a-half months in Hungary. March 23, 2018 is the date for your diaries.