Robin Hood Updates: Film Title & Details

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:41 am,

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It was only a month and a half ago when we got our first look at Russell Crowe in costume, filming Ridley Scott’s current Robin Hood film project. Since then, we’ve not seen much on the project other than some set photos and casting choices.

Today, we finally know what the film will be called and we have a few details on what style the film will take (how gruesome it may be).

Alan Jones, from Live News, had a chance to speak with Russell Crowe while he was on set shooting Robin Hood and their conversation gave some interesting updates on the movie.

First off, let’s talk about the film’s title. For a very long time the project was known as Nottingham. This was more relevant back in the day when the film was said to be an original take on the Robin Hood story where it would focus on the perspective of the Sheriff where he would be the hero and Robin Hood the villain.

Eventually, Ridley Scott dropped that interesting idea and went for the traditional Robin Hood story that’s currently shooting in England. With that in mind and according to what Russell Crowe has to say about the film’s title, it sounds like we’ll be getting the traditional film title to go along with its story:

“I think it’s just going to be Robin Hood. There were lots of other ways of calling it and some different ideas. Prior to Christmas, the studio were talking about Nottingham as a title being well-known now, having been discussed for 18 months at the highest levels of press and marketing and stuff like that and it was a good – what they called a solid gold – name… And the question came up: But is it better than Robin Hood? And everybody just shook their head and said: No, it’s not.”

It makes sense to call it Robin Hood for the obvious name recognition and Crowe makes a good point, referencing the title of one of his prior movies, Cinderella Man, which hurt the film in the end.

As for what to expect about the style of the film – It won’t be your regular archer in green tights! Crowe’s Robin Hood is a bad-ass warrior and in the interview he describes where in one particular scene, he goes King Leonidas (300) on a bunch of enemy soldiers:

“chopping one guy through the chest through his crossbow, hacking another guy through the back, spinning the horse, telling Little John to duck cause he’s about to get a pike in the back of the neck, burying my sword in that man’s chest, turning then to find another pike man coming at me, taking the pike off him, using that to uppercut another soldier, then actually throwing it through the chest of another guy”

Geeze man, I can’t image what he’ll do with a bow and some arrows…

What do you think of the simply being titled Robin Hood and description of the one action scene?

To hear the full 10-minute audio interview, head over to Live News.

Robin Hood hits theaters May 14, 2010.

Sources: The Geek Files, Live News

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  1. Robin Hood is OK.
    I just hope its a good film.

  2. I think this will be good in its own right but I *was* hoping for a bit of a different spin.


  3. I prefered the idea of Nottingham as a well meaning individual and Robin Hood as a morally shady hero. But it’s a Ridley Scott epic, the scale will be grand, the battles will be top notch and it will be visual sex for the retinas.

  4. I would of really liked to see a new take on the story, something original, as well.

    At Least Crowe is no longer playing Hood and the Sheriff… could you imagine how ridiculous that would have been?

  5. I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, meh, seen one Robin Hood, seen em all, the BBC TV series was just the same plot over 39 episodes.

  6. Hi Rob.

    Personally, I like the word Nottingham in the title, it gives this version of Robin Hood something more, for what it’s worth. Maybe they could settle on something like ‘Robin Hood: Nottingham’s Revenge’ or something like that. I see the past several Hood movies also settled on an annotated title. Robin Hood alone sounds a bit bland to me, but if the movie is worth it, then I guess it will suffice.

    IF the rumour from the NY Post today is true, however, I believe there are some boys that need to start acting like men and the title is the least of their worries at the moment…;-)

  7. I would have liked a different take on the story as well, maybe not the Nottingham twist but something different, this seems like maybe the same-ol-same but darker and more violent. I have to admit I love the Prince of Thieves and really see no reason to remake it if its basically the same thing but rated R.

  8. I hope we see him in the Crusades slaughtering Saracens!!!

  9. Since when did the New York Post movie gossipers start telling the truth ?
    What Screenrant didn’t go on to recount in the Alan Jones interview was Crowe’s statement that he had the grand privilege of being able to hold Titian’s (Scott’s) paints while Titian is working on the canvas.
    Crowe and Scott have both said before they squabble – it doesn’t mean anything cataclysmic.

  10. I can only say that this is gonna be ONE BAD-ASS ROBIN HOOD! Woooohooo!! 😀

  11. @ Kathy SF,

    I agree and I wouldn’t have minded a title like Nottingham except that now, the Sheriff is apparently a minor character whereas it was originally planned with him being the lead and Hood would have been secondary.

  12. Hi Rob.

    We are mulling over the fact that the Sheriff might not make an appearance at all much to the shegrin of many MM fans! In fact, we are hoping that the character of the Sheriff won’t be written out altogether, ho hum.

    Well, at least Ridley gave MM another prize as he is cast as one of the lead characters in another production from Ridley and his brother, (not directing however) the Ken Follett novel “The Pillars of The Earth” which will be a series! Se la vie to Robin Hood and Hello Pillars but I’m still hoping my pleas to Mr. Grazer will not return void. Wish me luck!
    ;-)Kathy SF