It sucks to be the Sheriff of Nottingham. Every movie about you is never about you, instead it’s about that other guy in green tights. And when someone decides to make a movie about you that is actually about you? Well, it gets delayed. Indefinitely. Such is the fate of “Nottingham”, Ridley Scott’s would-be intriguing take on the Robin Hood legend as told from the point of view of the Sheriff of Nottingham, to be played by Russell Crowe. Originally set for an August 2008 start date, THR reports that the movie has since been postpone indefinitely, and won’t be able to start back up again until 2009. Why? Read on, chums.
Script concerns, location logistics and the current labor unrest all played a role in the decision.
Produced by Universal and Imagine, the film has been one of the handful of high-profile productions pushing ahead despite the labor uncertainty surrounding the current stand-off between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and SAG.
In explaining the production shutdown, Universal cited the “cloud of the SAG strike” as one of three factors that led to the postponement.
It also said that “the film’s forest locations need to be green,” which suggests even if other factors were to be resolved later this year, the production could not now resume until next spring.
The third key factor was the project’s script by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, with a rewrite by Brian Helgeland. “The current version of the screenplay,” the studio said, “is not yet where the studio and the filmmakers want it to be in terms of realizing the full value of the story.
And I was so looking forward to this one, too. Personally, I blame it on that self-righteous do-gooder with the bow and arrow. He’s always messing up things for the Sheriff and his quest to get into Maid Marion’s chastity belt.