Audiences will have to wait a little bit longer to learn about the early days of the famed outlaw, as Robin Hood: Origins has been pushed back 6 months. Like most public domain properties, many attempts have been made over the years to craft a blockbuster based around Robin Hood and his companions. In the next few years, there are plans for a dystopian future Robin Hood film and a movie focusing on Maid Marian starring Margot Robbie. Beating all of them to theaters, however, will be Robin Hood: Origins.
Leading the film as the titular archer will be Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). He will be joined by a stellar cast, including Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver) as Little John, Tim Minchin (Californication) as Friar Tuck, and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Despite the big names involved, however, the film will be one of many gritty reboots of well-trod stories that have arrived in recent years. Most recently, Warner Bros King Arthur: Legend of the Sword proved to be a massive bomb, so Lionsgate likely aren’t taking any chances with their Robin Hood film.
Exhibitor Relations has confirmed that Lionsgate has pushed Robin Hood: Origins back six months from its original March 2018 release date. The film will now arrive in theaters on September 21 of next year, giving it a bit more room to breathe.
The film’s previous March 23 release date would have presented quite a challenge for the risky tentpole. Earlier this month, the sci-fi/action sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising moved to that date, adding big competition for Robin Hood. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One will also arrive the following week. Given these factors, it makes sense for Robin Hood to move to the relative quiet of September. Generally, the space between the summer season and the holidays lacks big-budget films, meaning Robin Hood could be poised to do well on its new date.
Despite production having begun earlier this year, there’s still precious little we know about Robin Hood: Origins. Back in February, set photos revealed Egerton and Foxx, hinting at some plot points to come. Since then, however, there’s been virtually no news or further set pics from the project. Whether the lack of information and the new release date are both indicative of issues with the story or production, there’s no telling at this time. Hopefully, we’ll know more soon about the upcoming project.
Source: Exhibitor Relations
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