- Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Léa Seydoux, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, Alan Doyle, Danny Huston, Max von Sydow, Mark Addy, Eileen Atkins, Bronson Webb, Robert Pugh, Jamie Clark, Jessica Raine, Joe Golby, Lyia Terki, John Atterbury, James Fiddy,Shara Bowden, Pip Carter, Luke Evans, Geoff Searle, Umit Ulgen
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Writers: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Brian Helgeland, Paul Webb, Tom Stoppard
- Producers: Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer
- Executive Producers: Michael Costigan, Ryan Kavanaugh, James Whitaker, Charles J.D. Schlissel
- Art Direction: John King
- Casting: Jina Jay
- Costume Design: Janty Yates
- D.O.P.: John Mathieson
- Editor: Pietro Scalia
- Makeup: Paul Engelen
- Music: Marc Streitenfeld
- Production Design: Arthur Max
- Set Decoration: Sonja Klaus
Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Nottinghamshire, UK; Pembrokeshire, UK; Surrey, UK
- MPAA Warning: Violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions
- Production Schedule: 30 March 2009 - July 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "Originally conceived back in 2007, "Nottingham" proposed the interesting and ambitious idea of a love triangle between Maid Marian, a more sympathetic Sheriff of Nottingham and a less than virtuous Robin Hood. It was that idea that Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott initially signed up for, and then Scott brought in Brian Helgeland to re-write the script to elaborate on Crowe's wrongly maligned Sheriff character.
Then the writer's strike put everything on hold until a planned shoot mid-2008. A further near year-long delay ensued with more script rewrites playing up the idea of Crowe as both Robin and the Sheriff (Hood briefly takes over the Sheriff's identity when the latter is killed in the film's opening). Ultimately though the story reverted to the classic mold with Robin (Crowe) becoming an outlaw to stop the despotic Sheriff, a role finally filled by "Spooks" and "Pride & Prejudice" star Matthew Macfadyen.
Scott's aim is to deliver a definitive version of the tale as he's vocally not been a fan of any of the previous multitudes of adaptations from the 1938 Errol Flynn film and 1991's Kevin Costner-led 'Prince of Thieves' to the recent family-targeted BBC TV series production. In fact Mel Brooks' "Men in Tights" seemed to be the only one Scott didn't mind due to its comedy value. With his 'Hood' though, the aim seems to be to deliver a serious epic blockbuster with a realistic historical tone like he did with 2000's "Gladiator" and 2005's "Kingdom of Heaven".
He may not have liked the earlier films, but there has been so many incarnations of "Robin Hood" that quite frankly one has to wonder what's the point? Admittedly the production values will be brilliant (as demonstrated in the trailer), Scott can make films like this in his sleep, and the casting is spectacular with the only previous weak link, Sienna Miller, having been replaced by the more appropriate and talented Cate Blanchett.
Yet one can't help but get the feeling that sheer overfamiliarity could hamper its critical and box-office potential. Certainly the idea of another 'Hood' movie isn't something that makes one want to rush out to the cinema, especially one that's opening early Summer and is upfront about taking its material very seriously. On the other hand considering the product also set for release over that period, Scott's work could be one of the few thinking adult-friendly options out there amidst a sea of sequels, remakes and adaptations aimed generally at teenagers."