Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw famed for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, is enjoying something of a renaissance in Hollywood of late.
For one, there’s the Taron Egerton-fronted reboot Robin Hood: Origins, which recently entered production in Budapest, Hungary. Lionsgate is fostering that particular remake, while Hood, a Fast and Furious-styled redo, has found a home over at Sony. Last and certainly not least, Disney is reportedly making progress – slow progress, but progress nonetheless – on Nottingham & Hood.
As if the Sherwood Forest wasn’t busy enough, Deadline now brings word of a new project set within the Robin Hood universe. It’s called Marian, and has already tapped Margot Robbie to headline as the iconic Maid Marian. Sony reportedly landed rights to Pete Barry’s hot script following a heated bidding war, and has now appointed Donald De Line and Amy Pascal to produce. Pitched as a revisionist take on the folklore legend – aren’t they all? – Marian takes place at a time when Robbie’s title lead is mourning the death of Robin Hood. A preliminary synopsis follows.
After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.
After impressing in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie’s career has gone from strength to strength. A mixed 2016 (see: Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan) in no way quelled that rise to prominence, and the actress will soon be seen in figure-skating drama I, Tonya, while there’s also Gotham City Sirens and a Suicide Squad sequel on the horizon.
It’s still early, early days on Marian, but Sony landing screen rights, coupled with the casting of Robbie, is an exciting step in the right direction. Robin Hood: Origins, meanwhile, is pegged for release on March 23rd, 2018.