If Robin Hood is such a great hero you’d think he’d be able to work in some monster fighting in between all his robbing from the rich to give to the poor. That’s why all Robin Hood movies in the past have sucked: lack of monsters. Thank goodness we have the Sci-Fi Channel around to rectify such mistakes.
I’d first heard about Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood what seems like ages ago. It’s only just now that progress is being made. Working from a script by Chase Parker, the writer of such other Sci-Fi offerings as Basilisk: The Serpent King, Reign of the Gargoyles, and the all-time classic Boa vs. Python, actor-director Peter DeLuise (“21 Jump Street”, “Stargate SG-1”) helms this ultimate tale of merry ol’ England’s favorite tights-wearing, forest-dwelling, arrow-shooting, always-sticking-it-to-the-man swashbuckler as he squares off with a fiendish monster brought forth by the Sheriff of Nottingham, now in the post-production phase.
The plot, according to production company Front Street Pictures:
A reimagining of the classic Robin Hood tale merges the elements of magic and medieval romance. The Sheriff of Nottingham has targeted Robin and his band of heroes dwelling within Sherwood Forest. To destroy his enemies, the Sheriff unleashes an unstoppable creature that transforms at night into Alina, a striking woman. Robin must find a cure for Alina before her terror spreads, all the while keeping his childhood love Maid Marion out of harm’s way.
So Robin Hood is actually trying to save the monster? Ah, that Robin Hood … always the rebel.
Stepping into the role made famous on-screen in the past by such acting heavyweights as Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and a Disney animated fox will be Robin Dunne (pictured), currently appearing not-so-coincidentally on the Sci-Fi Channel series “Sanctuary”, following his successful co-starring run in such DVD sequels as Cruel Intentions 2, The Skulls 2, American Psycho 2, and Species III. I think this may very well be the first time in film history that Robin Hood is being played by an actor actually named Robin.
“Smallville”‘s Lois Lane, Erica Durance, takes on the role of Maid Marian, and who better to play the monster-conjuring foil to Robin Hood than none other than the original Warlock Julian Sands? None!
Look for Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood presumably sometime later this year.
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