After spending several years cutting his teeth as a director of several thearical installments in the Fast & Furious franchise throughout the 2000s, and following his work on this past summer’s blockbuster sci-fi production Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin has thoroughly come into his own as a go-to filmmaker in Hollywood. Likewise, longtime television and film producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) has cemented himself as key mover and shaker in the entertainment industry.
Lin’s work on big budget, action-packed franchise films has made him into a dependable talent in crafting finely honed mainstream attractions – much like Kurtzman’s own flair for producing accessible entertainment on both the big and the small screen. Given such a shared affinity for creating crowd-pleasing popcorn entertainment, Lin and Kurtzman will be joining forces in the near future in the production of a brand new Robin Hood drama series for CBS.
According to THR, Lin and Kurtzman are currently collaborating on a modern day reinvention of the classic Robin Hood property of English folklore and legend. Based on the non-fiction book A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh, the new CBS original series will take place in a contemporary metropolitan city wherein a group of thieves aspiring to the virtues and values of the eponymous hero of English myth and legend steal from the very rich and give to the very poor – all while under the direction of one brilliant architect with a troubled past.
With Kurtzman attached to produce the new show alongside Heather Kadin of his own Secret Hideout studio, and Lin attached to co-produce and direct the show’s pilot episode – as supplied by series writer Paul Grellong (Scorpion) – fans of the classic big and small screen iterations of the past have a lot to look forward to when the new CBS Robin Hood drama series debuts. In the same vein as the like-minded and forthcoming modern day adaptation of Oliver Twist at NBC, Lin and Kurtzman appear primed to bring another classic narrative back into the mainstream in a big way – not to mention the fact that its source material will be a contemporary work of non-fiction.
It remains to be seen whether or not general audiences will be keen on seeing a contemporary thematic interpretation of Robin Hood play out within the context of a basic cable network drama series on CBS. That being said, here’s to hoping that Lin and Kurtzman manage to produce a captivating new take on the classic hero of English folklore.
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