Color me excited about Ridley Scott’s upcoming collaboration with Russell Crowe (their 50th, I think) “Nottingham”, a re-imagining of the Robin Hood legends and a movie that producer Brian Grazer calls, “A ‘Gladiator’ version of Robin Hood”. (And this time the Brits won’t be able to blame it all on us Americans if the film comes out FUBAR, because the director is also a Brit. Gotcha!) Meanwhile, Ridley Scott recently talked with MTV’s Movie Blog about “Nottingham”, and he sounds very excited about it. Not only that, but he sounds like the movie is moving forward, which, as mentioned, is great because I love the whole idea behind it, and wouldn’t something other than the same-o same-o when it comes to Robin Hood be worth it?
Here’s what Scott said about the plot details for “Nottingham”:
Told from the Sheriff’s point of view, the new movie centers around a familiar – yet very different – set of characters, director Ridley Scott said, revealing that his story begins when a legend first walks into history.
“Richard the Lionheart is on his return from the Crusades [when] he took an arrow in his neck and died,” Scott said of the flick’s set-up. “His brother, John, [becomes king.]”
John, known in his own life as John Lackland (because as the youngest son he didn’t get any inheritance) “was actually pretty smart,” Scott insisted. “[But] he got a bad rap because he introduced taxation. So he’s the bad guy in this.”
Meanwhile, “You’ve got the returning Nottingham who is the right hand man of Richard and witnesses Richard taking the arrow,” Scott revealed. “And so he comes back to England to carry forward Richard’s dream about England.”
The Sheriff, then, strives to do right while caught in the middle of two wrongs – on one side a corrupt and unpopular King who orders him to arrest outlaws, on the other the outlaw himself who threatens to rouse the public in popular anarchy.
“[Caught between] the minority of haves and the majority of have nots,” Scott said.
Great, great idea for a movie. And with Scott’s trademark cinematic aesthetics, this thing could be pretty damn good.