It’s been three years since the last Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood movie, which was less about a band of merry men than a whole country of really angry ones. So why not, DreamWorks is making another, a more ensemble-based and revisionist take on the classic story.
Steven Spielberg‘s studio who spent tens of millions of dollars and about a decade to get his movie about Abraham Lincoln to the big screen and has indefinitely postponed Robopocalypse has now picked up Merry Men, not a finished script for a film penned by Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace, the remake of The Raid) and has closed a mid-six against seven figure deal.
Neal Moritz (Fast Five) will produce and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct the film which was purchased for quite an impressive amount; an ensemble story that focuses on Hood’s band of followers including Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and love interest Maid Marian.
Waugh is currently off working on Need for Speed, which means Merry Men – with a high-concept revenge angle that tonally is reminiscent of The Dirty Dozen and Ocean’s Eleven — wouldn’t go in front of cameras until next year.
To give you an idea of what to expect, I’ll remind you that Moritz is successful producer behind the Fast and Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street, the Fox’s Prison Break and much more.
Stay tuned for more.