With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its “Batman Begins”-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled “Robin Hood: Origins”.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”), Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.
Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders”) and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year.
Harold, Tory Tunnell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce. This is not to be confused with Disney’s “Nottingham & Hood” which is said to be a family adventure tale akin to “Enchanted,” Sony’s “Hood” which is more like the fast action of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and a Warner Brothers version from “Gangster Squad” scribe Will Beall.