Robin Hood 2, Men (Not) In Tights & Ridley Scott’s ‘Pompeii’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:09 pm,

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Ridley Scott’s interpretation of the Robin Hood mythos certainly went through its share of changes during the journey from a Nottingham script treatment to the finished film we’ve seen in trailers. While some of us may still be mourning the loss of a sympathetic Sheriff of Nottingham, the choice to follow a more traditional Robin Hood story will definitely make Scott’s film more accessible to audiences.

Though moviegoers have yet to see Robin Hood, Scott is confident that the changes have positioned the film to do well at the box-office – as well as make room for a sequel.

“It is the beginnings of how the man becomes known as Robin the Hood. You don’t really get that until the last few minutes. When you realize that ‘Ah, this is who he is.’ Let’s say we might presume there’s a sequel.”

Robin Hood is no stranger to origin stories: most recently, Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves showed audiences the evolution of a spoiled rich kid to fearless champion against injustice – but, like most Robin Hood films, the journey of Costner’s Robin of Locksley had a relatively definitive end.

So, where could Scott take Robin Hood once the traditional wrongs have been righted?  The director already appears to have a clear idea:

“Honestly, I thought why not have the potential for a sequel, particularly if it is a genre that you absolutely love and has never been fully explored? If there were to be a sequel to Robin Hood, you would have a constant enemy throughout, King John, and you would follow his reign of 17 years, and the signing of Magna Carta could be Robin’s final act.”

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It’d certainly be interesting to see Scott take Robin Hood a bit further than most audiences are accustomed to; most film versions of the Robin Hood legacy follow similar narrative archs. As a result, many moviegoers have a little sense that the actual variety of stories under the umbrella of the Robin Hood legend are fairly diverse.

Nothing could emphasize this point more than the amount of buzz around the question of whether or not Crowe – or any other merry men – would be donning tights for the film. A question that Crowe has repeatedly addressed:

“There are no tights in this film. They weren’t invented until quite a few hundred years after when the story takes place. We start our story in 1199. Tights don’t come into play until the 1600s. I do apologize to those who will be disappointed that there are no tights.”

In the end, the chances of a Robin Hood sequel are dependent on how Scott’s version of the hero sits with audiences when it premieres at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.


In the meantime, Scott will be producing a four-hour TV movie adaptation of the Robert Harris novel Pompeii. Prior to the screen actors guild strike in 2007, Scott had been teamed with Roman Polanski on a Pompeii feature film project, with Scarlett Johansson and Orlando Bloom rumored as the leads.

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The Pompeii story centers around the historical eruption of Mount Vesuvius through the eyes of fictional character Marcus Attilius Primus, a water engineer who discovers that problems with the area’s aqueduct are merely symptoms of a much larger crisis yet to occur.

Sir Ridley’s Scott Free Production Company offers a bit of insight into what audiences can expect from the film:

“The creation of worlds – specifically those historical worlds which continue to capture the popular imagination – is what we love to do and do best. Pompeii is a strong and compelling character drama set against a backdrop of a flourishing but ultimately doomed civilization – exactly what makes great event television.”

No release date has been announced for the project, and it’s unclear how much, if any, of the original Polanski/Scott adaptation will be present in the TV movie version when it finally erupts into living rooms around the world.

What do you think about the possibility of Robin Hood 2? What about the direction Scott wants to take the story? Does Pompeii sound interesting to you?

Robin Hood (sans tights) is scheduled for release on May 14, 2010.

Source: The Times Online, THR, Empire Online

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  1. So I guess now we know there's no way Robin Hood dies in the movie…

    You know, all of this planning for sequels thing really seems to put a limit on what they can do in the movie. Maybe they could have made a more powerful movie if at the end Robin Hood sacrifices himself to save his people or something like that, lol.

    If this was Last Action Hero's take on Robin Hood, he would be like, “Oh, there's going to be a sequel, so I can't die, mwahahaha!” and start rushing in by himself, then he'll think to himself, “wait a minute, it could be a prequel! No, I COULD die!!!!” and he'll start running back, lol. Sorry, I'm the only person in the world that actually enjoyed Last Action Hero apparently… 😛

  2. I was hoping for a new Gladiator, but after seeing the last trailer and now these sequel talks. I just know it won't have the same deep impact Gladiator made, too bad.

  3. Am I the only one who's grown a little indifferent of Scott-Crowe pairings over the years? I realize Scorsese and DeNiro had been a lock over several films, but . . . I don't know. I like it when filmmakers and actors branch out. It may end up being a solid enough of a film, but it's almost like you know what to expect. Partial reason why I like Tim Burton films and all, but I always feel a little weary from seeing Depp in yet another one.

  4. This Movie will suck big time……”no tights”….snieff !

    I love men in tights !:)

  5. I'd love to see Pompeii; it sounds like a really interesting project.

  6. WHY are the talented, long rich and stablished, Crowe and Scott
    wasting precious time on pointless, done-to-death retreads
    like this —WHILE the 60th Anniversary of the staggeringly
    relevant —STILL unfolding KOREAN WAR is once again totally
    and mysteriously ‘overlooked’?


    • this was a good movie good action and a good story.
      screw the korean war dude

  7. this movie was great best movie I have seen in a long time.
    Cant wait for the sequel.

    • Second best to Law Abiding Citizen for me, Robin Rocks, Cheers!

  8. I watched this movie last night and was very apprehensive to say the least. This is the best Robin Hood adaptation I have seen hands down. The acting, action and cinematography were top notch. It avoided the potholes of the last couple Robin Hood films and established a more comprehensive narrative that actually made me believable that I was watching a movie based on true events. I have read a couple reviews that stated the plot was too convoluted and should have been more simple. I say that is what set this film apart and keeps it from being another dumbed down action movie where everything hinges on stuff blowing up.There also has not be, in recent years, villains that I have made me feel true distain for more than King John and Godfrey. I talked my wife into watching this with me to her opposition. She is not a fan of Russell Crowe nor the Robin Hood franchise. She loved it!

    • You are correct sir.

    • Finally, someone who appreciates the story for what it is. The rest of you should read Stephen Lawhead’s “Hood”, “Scarlet” and “Tuck” to get a different (and better) take on the bland, run-of-the-mill Robin Hood films that we’ve seen over the years. I’m tired of seeing all of the happily ever after versions of this movie.

      Although this film is a little different than Lawhead’s opening book, it does set up the story to allow for some interesting sequels, giving an insight into why (in Ridley’s view) he became the “outlaw” that he was. And, if Ridley Scott followed the plot of Lawhead’s books, this could turn out to be an excellent series.

  9. Great movie, that blossomed from the get go. Cate, Russell, and all the other actors were really good. Good script and plot. Some nice unexpected twist thown in once or twice. Great costumes and scenery. Definitly needs a part two and three. I like hotdogs and noodles.

  10. Top movie can’t wait for the sequel well done.

  11. RH1 was amazing. I got the last copy of the Blu-Ray combo pack at Best Buy so others must feel the same way. I’ve since watched it 3 times and everytime I know the end is near I just keep hoping the story will continue. Begging and pleading for the sequel. I can’t get enough of Russell Crowe in this role. The shot with the blood on his face while he pulled back the arrow….magnificent. The subtlety of his performance as he fell for Maid Marian. The shot of the arrows at the white cliffs. And thanks Ridley for the directors cut on the DVD, I loved the additions. I’m heading home now to watch again!

  12. Watched this movie at the theaters and was disappointed. Watched the Directors Cut and LOVED IT!!!! There was sooo much cut out of the movie that really left it lacking in the theatrical release. Watch the directors cut…. Hoping that there is a sequel sometime soon! We love historical type movies!!!

    • Another great directors cut is Troy. Movie is night and day better

  13. Have Zack Snyder direct it this from prouders of man of steel & 300
    Zack Snyders Robin Hood
    With bloods guts please become violent than ever

  14. I really enjoyed the Robin Hood film. I think it had everything I loupe have liked in a Robin Hood film. That being action, betrayal, romance and comradery between friends. I think the ending left a lot of room for a second film. As you probably know in the 2

  15. I really enjoyed the Robin Hood film. I think it had everything I loupe have liked in a Robin Hood film. That being action, betrayal, romance and comradery between friends. I think the ending left a lot of room for a second film. As you probably know in the 2010 film with Russell Crowe, Robin Hood wasn’t much of an outlaw. This is why I think a second film with the same cast is very possible and I think a very good idea. The second film could tell the story of how he is hunted by the kings men and this is when Robin Hood can finally live up to the legend that he is (robbing from the rich and giving to the poor). The ending to the first film in 2010 screamed SEQUEL. I really hope they decide to make another Robin Hood based on the events after the first film and I also hope they keep all of the main characters (Robbin hood, maide Marrian and his band of merry men). I would hate to see someone else fill the characters roll.

  16. I want another Robin Hood.