Gritty “Robin Hood” Reboot Isn’t That Gritty

Throughout its production last year, Summit Entertainment’s upcoming “Robin Hood” film reboot was differentiating itself from other versions by way of being a “dark and gritty” take on the fictional tale – an origins story with a tone more akin to “Batman Begins” than the fantastical “Excalibur”.

So something like the Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe-directed version from a few years ago? Not quite. Director Otto Bathurst and writer Joby Harold’s take has been pitched as “very allegorical and very contemporary” with an energy more akin to a Guy Ritchie film. So, could we expect a proper dark and gritty version then with an R rating?

Turns out no. The Motion Picture Association of America has this week officially rated the film as a PG-13 and classified it as containing “extended sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive references”. That’s very similar to Scott’s 2010 film which was also a PG-13 for “violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content”.

The new take stars Taron Egerton as Robin, Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, and Jamie Foxx as Little John. The new film opens September 21st.

Source: Box-Office Mojo