Robin Hood, “Alice + Freda” Get Helmers

Two key upcoming projects have just scored promising upcoming directors.

First up, frequent “Peaky Blinders” helmer Otto Bathurst has been brought onboard “Robin Hood: Origins,” Lionsgate’s upcoming gritty take on the famed outlaw which is said to be akin to Nolan’s Batman trilogy in tone.

In this version, Hood returns from fighting in The Crusades and finds that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. Production aims to begin early next year.

Meanwhile, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Berlanti Productions have acquired rights to the Alexis Coes non-fiction book “Alice + Freda Forever” and locked in Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”) to direct.

The story follows the budding romantic relationship between two young girls, Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward, who incited a sensational murder and shocked the nation in Memphis in 1892.

Source: Deadline and Variety