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Taron Egerton and Jack Huston among those being considered for Robin Hood: Origins lead role

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lionsgate is looking to lock down its lead for the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins film.

Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton is reportedly among those on the shortlist, alongside fellow British actor Jack Huston and A Royal Night Out's Jack Reynor, Deadline reports.

Also up for consideration for the lead role is Dylan O'Brien, who can next be seen in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst is set to take on the Robin Hood legend from a script by Joby Harold, the man who is also behind Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.

The film has been likened to The Dark Knight as a "gritty origins tale" that sees Robin arrive back from the Crusades and recruit his band of Merry Men after finding corruption across Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.

Robin Hood: Origins will be produced by Harold, »

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Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, Taron Egerton, And More In The Mix For 'Robin Hood: Origins'

31 July 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hollywood currently has Robin Hood on the brain, with numerous competing projects in the works including Disney's "Nottingham & Hood," Sony's "Hood," and Warner Bros. untitled movie that has  Will Beall ("Aquaman," "Gangster Squad") penning the script. And there's Lionsgate's "Robin Hood: Origins" which is leaping ahead as casting gets under way. Deadline reports that a crop of young actors — Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire"), Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age Of Extinction") and Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner") — are all on the shortlist to rob from the rich and give to the poor.  The concept from this one comes from the pen of Joby Harold (Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur") and will find Robin returning from the Crusades to clean up Sherwood Forest which has »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robin Hood: Origins Eyes Taron Egerton, Others For Lead

31 July 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Will Robin Hood become the next box office superhero? The legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest is at the heart of multiple competing blockbuster projects at the moment, and today brings word that Lionsgate is eyeing an assortment of red-hot young actors, including many British thesps, to possibly pick up a bow and arrow for its Robin Hood: Origins.

According to Deadline, the starry shortlist for the lead role is headed up by Taron Egerton, who broke big earlier this year in Kingsman: The Secret Service. If a Kingsman sequel gets the green-light, he could be out of the running, but as of now, Lionsgate is high on the newly christened Hollywood star.

The studio is also looking at Brits Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First ClassMad Max: Fury Road) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Irish-American actor Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and American-born Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) for the part of Hood. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Egerton, Hoult Wanted For "Robin Hood"

31 July 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its "Batman Begins"-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled "Robin Hood: Origins".

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner"), Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.

Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst ("Peaky Blinders") and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year. »

- Garth Franklin

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Logan’s Run remake back on at Warner Bros.

23 July 2015 1:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Warner Bros. is taking another stab at its long-planned Logan’s Run remake, with the studio enlisting writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) to write a story and treatment, according to THR.

The remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie has passed through the hands of a number of filmmakers, with writers Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) all taking a crack at the script and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) both attached to direct at various points.

Based on William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel, Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who »

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'Star Wars' And 'X-Men' Producer Simon Kinberg The Latest To Try And Remake 'Logan's Run'

22 July 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Logan's Run" has had a long, long history of trying to be remade in Hollywood. The script has been gone over by a number of talented hands (Alex Garland, Will Beall and Christopher McQuarrie) and more recently, landed in the promising hands of Nicolas Winding Refn. At one point his version would've starred Ryan Gosling and featured a score by Johnny Jewel, but it fell apart, partly because Refn wasn't sure he would be able to put his imprint on the material. "When I pulled out of ‘Logan’s Run,’ it was the decision that if I was gonna make one of these mega-blockbusters, I would control the material,” he said in 2013. However, the dormant project has new life. THR reports that Simon Kinberg, the producer behind the "X-Men" franchise and the various "Star Wars" properties (including one of the upcoming spinoffs), is taking a shot at "Logan's Run." He'll »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kinberg To Craft "Logan's Run" Remake Story

22 July 2015 9:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"X-Men" and "Star Wars" writer-producer Simon Kinberg has reportedly come onboard the upcoming "Logan's Run" remake at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Kinberg is being hired to write a story treatment for the film, along with joining Joel Silver as a producer. The script will then be tackled by a writer to be hired in the near future.

The project would be an adaptation of 1967 novel by William F. Nolan which is set in a future society which executes people upon reaching a certain age. Those who seek to escape their fate are called 'Runners' and are hunted by 'Sandmen'. Logan is a Sandman who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.

The likes of Alex Garland, Will Beall and Christopher McQuarrie have all taken a shot at the project in the past, a film which has had the likes of Bryan Singer »

- Garth Franklin

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Marvel's "Sub-Mariner" - A Fish Out Of Water

1 July 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

In the wake of DC Entertainment introducing 'Arthur Curry', aka 'Aquaman' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and hiring screenwriters Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") to write two separate screenplays for a solo "Aquaman" feature, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige clarified whether or not his studio controls screen rights to "Namor: The Sub-Mariner", the first Atlantean comic book anti-hero:

"Yes," said Feige about Marvel controlling screen rights to Namor, "but it’s slightly more complicated than that." 

"Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.

"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that means we need to work things out before we move forward on it.

" opposed to an 'Iron Man' or any of the 'Avengers' or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in..."

Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, »

- Michael Stevens

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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks The Legend of Conan

28 June 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During a promotional interview for his new film Terminator Genisys, action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger offered up a few words on his next planned return to one of his former glories in The Legend of Conan, which was first announced back in 2012 and is currently undergoing a rewrite courtesy of Will Beall (Gangster Squad).

“I was hoping to do another one and I was hoping that the idea of Conan having been king for a long time, then just threw it all away and went into retirement and went off into the mountains,” said Schwarzenegger (via Nerd Report). “That whole idea always appealed to me. Then of course he gets asked back because of some hideous and unbelievable things that are happening to the kingdom. So that’s when the battle begins again.”

See Also: Chris Morgan talks The Legend of Conan: “Think Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian”

“The script [from Chris Morgan] turned out really great, »

- Gary Collinson

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'Furious 7' Helmer James Wan Confirmed To Direct 'Aquaman'

3 June 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers," Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman recently said. And while I would hesitate the use the phrase "master filmmaker" to describe James Wan, he's certainly a massively successful filmmaker who knows how to deliver on a grand scale. THR reports that Wan, the frontrunner to direct "Aquaman," has locked down a deal for the job. Wan will be overseeing the script being written by Kurt Johnstad ("300"), which means that Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") seems to have lost out, as he was penning a competing screenplay. But this not all that WB has planned for Wan. He has also been tapped to direct the long brewing "Robotech." This one has passed through the hands of a couple directors over the years. It's based on the Japanese anime and with shades of "Pacific. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Chris Morgan talks The Legend of Conan: “Think Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian”

25 May 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in February, we heard that Will Beall (Gangster Squad) had taken over scriptwriting duties on The Legend of Conan, and now producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) has revealed to The Arnold Fans that the screenplay is complete, and that the film will be a direct sequel to John MiliusConan the Barbarian which will catch up with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cimmerian warrior some thirty years later.

“Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian. Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. »

- Gary Collinson

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The 10 new versions of Robin Hood in development

8 May 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…

Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.

You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.

An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’

Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »

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First Look: Clear Photos Of Ben Affleck In Costume From 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

29 April 2015 9:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is Warner Bros.’ DC Universe super hero movies world in trouble? If you’re hiring five writers to pen a “Wonder Woman” screenplay, hiring three others to write an “Aquaman” movie and then canning a bunch of screenplays you’ve already commissioned because they don’t fit inside your “new plan,” something seems amiss. If you’re shooting a ‘Batman v. Superman’ film and then shut down production because you’ve hired a new writer (Academy Award winner of “Argo”), that seems a little odd too, right? What about “The Flash” screenplay from the original “Green Lantern” film writers? Or Will Beall’s unused “Justice League” script? Oh, don’t be alarmist, we’re sure it’s all fine. Meanwhile here’s some new photos of Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” Also starring Henry Cavill as Superman, ‘Dawn of Justice’ is scheduled for »

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Hollywood Developing More Jack And The Beanstalk And Robin Hood Movies

23 April 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You might remember a couple years ago, Warner Bros. rolled out the expensive and terrible flop "Jack The Giant Slayer." Following the misfire, a chorus of voices suddenly called out for somebody to try again because they didn't get the fairy tale movie they thought the story deserved. Well, actually, that never happened, but Disney is pretending it did. The studio has picked up an outline for "Beanstalk" by "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" writer/creator Vince Gilligan, and have tasked him to write the script for a new, "revisionist take" (of course) on the fable. Gilligan may direct, too, but of course it's still the early days. No plot details are available yet, so sit tight. Read More: 5 Fractured Fairy Tale Movies Worth Watching After 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Meanwhile, the aforementioned WB is adding the pile-up of Robin Hood movies in development with yet another version, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Projects: ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’, and ‘Russ and Roger Go Beyond’

23 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There must be something fashionable to the idea right now of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Hollywood now has four Robin Hood movies in production, more than anyone really needs, perhaps even the poor. Tuesday Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had “quietly” put a new Robin Hood movie into production, this one being developed by the script writer for the upcoming Aquaman movie Will Beall. Deadline counts three others for it to storm the castle with: a family friendly swashbuckler from Disney called Nottingham & Hood, a Batman Begins style origin story aptly titled Robin Hood: Origins, and one from Sony that’s described as “Fast & Furious meets Mission: Impossible style reinvention of the tale.” With those four incredibly original ideas, anyone think this is the rich stealing from the poor?

Robin Hood isn’t the only Hollywood property currently with competing projects. A few weeks back, »

- Brian Welk

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Warner Bros. Also Has a Robin Hood Movie in Development

22 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Pretty soon there will be more Robin Hood movies in development than there are Merry Men. Warner Bros. is following Sony, Disney, and Lionsgate into Sherwood Forest with its own take on the outlaw hero, scripted by Aquaman and Gangster Squad writer Will Beall. Get all the details on the Warner Bros Robin Hood movie […]

The post Warner Bros. Also Has a Robin Hood Movie in Development appeared first on /Film. »

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WB has their own Robin Hood movie in the works, bringing the total to 4

22 April 2015 1:40 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

For whatever reason, Robin Hood has become a very hot property. Movies featuring the legendary archer are already in the works at Sony, Disney and Lionsgate, and now Deadline has learned that Warner Bros. is also developing a Robin Hood flick. Details on WB's Robin Hood are being kept under wraps, but Will Beall (Aquaman, Gangster Squad) wrote the script, and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) and John Zaozirny are attached to the project as producers. The tone of »

- Jesse Giroux

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Sherwood Forest Crowding: Warner Bros’ Robin Hood Movie Makes Four

21 April 2015 3:06 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: How hard has Hollywood fallen for the idea of a Robin Hood film? Warner Bros quietly has put one into development, scripted by Gangster Squad and Aquaman scribe Will Beall, and produced by The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin, and John Zaozirny. They’re keeping the take on this one secret (it’s not Lego, which seems to work for everything), but this makes four major movie projects on the same subject. Sony, Disney and Lionsgate have the others. This latest deal follows… »

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A Fourth "Robin Hood" Film In The Works

21 April 2015 2:49 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall and "The Lego Movie" producer Dan Lin are teaming with producer John Zaozirny for yet another movie about Robin Hood in development.

This marks the fourth film about the famed outlaw currently in the works, joining Lionsgate and Appian Way's dark origin story "Robin Hood: Origins," Disney's family adventure tale "Nottingham & Hood," and Sony's high-octane action take "Hood" which Jerry Bruckheimer is tipped to produce.

What kind of tale this one will be is being kept secret for now. These projects all follow in the wake of 2010's "Robin Hood" movie from Ridley Scott which garnered $300 million worldwide - but cost a whopping $200 million to produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Now Warners Buys A Robin Hood Film

21 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Although none of the other films based on the character have come to fruition yet, that isn’t stopping Warner Bros. from hopping on board the Robin Hood bandwagon, headed straight for Sherwood Forest.Yes, we have origin stories and revisionist takes in development, but clearly Warner Bros., writer Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and John Zaozirny think there might just be more to say about the Merry Men. Nothing is known about what that might be yet, not even a basic description of its take on the character. But this now marks four films looking to reach the screen featuring a take on the legendary hero who robbed from the rich to give to the poor.Disney is working on Nottingham & Hood, which was written by Brandon Barker as a spec script and is being described as a big-scale adventure the studio is hoping might become as successful as Pirates Of The Caribbean. »

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