New “Robin Hood” Director Talks Relevance

Filming begins next week in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the new gritty origin story reboot of the “Robin Hood” legend with Taron Egerton taking on the role of the Crusading knight turned Sherwood forest outlaw.

Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Paul Anderson co-star in the film which boasts a script by Joby Harold. Of course the obvious question is why do we need another “Robin Hood” film?

The film’s director Otto Bathurst, speaking at a press conference this week with Dubrovnik Daily (via CS), was equally sceptical before signing onto the project and explained what he hopes to do with the film:

“To be honest, when this film was first offered to me, I turn it down immediately. The world doesn’t need another Robin Hood film, we had enough. But when started to look into it and investigate this man and legend, the story seemed more relevant today than has ever been.

For me, making film is about reflecting what’s going on at the moment, to bring back something to humanity, to society. So there is a purpose to the film rather than being pure entertainment.

We want to be entertained as well. Every day the film seems to be more and more important. This will be a great peace of entertainment but there is also a real subtext to the movie about government, corruption and the power of individual to bring change to society.

It’s about 99 % being ruled by 1 % and if any of us, any normal man has the strength and the courage to stand up and fight for the truth, than the real change can happen. That is the strong message of Robin Hood and it’s going to be even stronger message of my Robin Hood.”

The film is currently targeting a March 23rd 2018 release.