Since The Matrix Trilogy, the Wachowski Siblings have only directed a single film – Speed Racer – which was pretty much panned by everybody you’ve ever met. Personally, I liked it well enough. Sure, the film was drenched in green-screen and was nothing to write home about, but it was also vibrant, ridiculous, and high-octane insane, just like a loosely live-action anime should be.
For the past couple years the Wachowskis have been trying and failing to get their sci-fi/Iraq war film, Cobalt Neural 9, fully financed and off the ground. Roadblocks such as the controversial elements of the story – for example, the assassination of George W. Bush – have seemingly stood in the way. Now it appears that they’ve given up on that, if only temporarily, to craft a modern-day, urban-set Robin Hood called, simply, Hood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Wachowskis will be making the film with Warner Bros., the studio that produced The Matrixes and Speed Racer (the latter of which reportedly strained their professional relationship, but apparently not so much that they can’t re-team for Hood). Besides directing the movie, the two siblings will also co-write, as per usual.
No concrete casting information is thus far available, but one name being tossed around the Internet rumor ring as a possible lead is Will Smith, who, incidentally, turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix before it went to Keanu Reeves. Additionally, Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, would eventually be cast as Niobe for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Might this be Will Smith’s chance to right the wrong of that missed (financial, creative, pop-cultural) opportunity? Yes, no, maybe so?
A scene from The Matrix
Frankly, a modern-day Robin Hood sounds like a variation of Batman, which was itself a variation of Zorro, which was itself a Mexico-set Robin Hood (we could probably keep playing this game all the way back to the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I digress). No doubt the Wachowskis' tendency to veer toward a comic-book-esque aesthetic will only further compound this similarity.
Hey, whatever man. I’m game. A variation of Batman of Zorro of Robin Hood (and so on) in some modern metropolis has my interest substantially piqued. This is the sort of movie that the Wachowski Siblings were born to make, too. (By which I mean, 'an action movie.') If they’re on their game, it’ll be great. If they’re not on their game…I mean, it can’t be worse than The Matrix Reloaded, can it?
Sidebar: No telling what the announcement of this Wachowski modern day Robin Hood film means for Warner Bros.' previously-planned futuristic Robin Hood movie. Sure, there's enough Robin Hood for every epoch, but how many ways can you tell the same story?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter