Sony Executive #1: “We need to do a Robin Hood movie. Stat!”
Sony Executive #2: “Cool, cuz we just bought the best script ever.”
Sony Executive #1: “Let me hear it, dawg.”
Sony Executive #2: “Dawg? Anyway, it’s called “Marian” and it’s Robin Hood from the point of view of Maid Marian. How cool is that?”
Sony Executive #1: “Really?! Who authorized this?!”
Sony Executive #2: “Ummm…you did.”
Sony Executive #1: “F#$k me…”
It garnered a lot of interest, but when the dust cleared it was Sony that nailed the project for producers Donald De Line and Amy Pascal by pre-empting the spec Marian for actress Margot Robbie to star. A nice role for Robbie to show some more of her acting chops, this time in a serious and truly gritty turn. Think Braveheart meets Game of Thrones. Robbie’s label LuckyChap Entertainment is also producing, with Rock Shank, through his Romark Entertainment.
Scripted by newcomer Pete Barry, Marian is based on the character from the Robin Hood folklore. Here’s the storyline: After a conspiacy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.
Yes, there is another Robin Hood movie in production, but Hollywood is rife with films that share a major and common thread. I mean, everyone loves Deep Impact. Or is it Armageddon?