Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Is it the right time for a Robin Hood reboot?

The 1% are getting richer and last month's news that the  85 richest people in the world  have wealth equal to that of the 3.5 billion poorest blew most of us, regardless of where we stand in the food chain, away. We were left feeling sickened, helpless and angry. 

What better time for a Robin Hood reboot!


Deadline is reporting that BBC America is bringing another Robin Hood television series to our screens but with a spin; by day he's actually the Sheriff of Nottingham, by night he's the dashing man in tights famous for taking from the rich and giving to the poor. 

Here's how the updated story being scripted by Dracula writer Cole Haddon plays out -
"Described as a soapy class drama, Nottingham centers on the Sheriff of Nottingham whose wife is killed by King John’s men. When nobody is brought to justice, the Sheriff launches a one-man war against the Crown. By day, he remains the reviled Sheriff, loyal servant of the King, but by night he puts on a hood and, using the intelligence he gains from his office, attacks the King where it hurts the most – his coffers. As Robin Hood, he systematically raids the King’s men, his noble loyalists and political allies, giving the spoils to the starving peasantry and starting a rebellion that will change England forever. Until now, the Sheriff of Nottingham has always been depicted as a villain, most famously portrayed by the great Alan Rickman in the 1991 feature Prince Of Thieves "

While part of me wishes BBC America would lose the tights and bring Robin into the 21st century - ala Sherlock - it sounds like they're aiming for a dark Game of Thrones type of political intrigue which would play well in my own house.  Who to cast as the Nottingham/Hood character? Game of Thrones Kit Harrington would be perfect were he not so busy with Pompeii. What do you think about this re-imagining of the mythical character? And who would you like to see in the role?



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