Buckle up for a cunning new CG adventure not within the Hundred-Acre Wood, but rather with tales of the Hood… Robin Hood. The story of the generous thief who robs the wealthy to serve the needy has been adapted countless times within the realm of Hollywood, with one of the latest retellings being Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx’s ill-fated 2018 feature. However, Disney’s 1973 film is unique, whereby humans have been replaced entirely by anthropomorphic animals, and it looks like the Nottingham folk are about to get real… as far as movie magic can go.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin Hood is next in line to get the live-action remake treatment. Like the Lady and the Tramp adaptation, it will be a Disney+ exclusive. Carlos Lopez Estrada, who directed Blindspotting starring Daveed Diggs, has been tapped to helm the film. A script is being used from scribe Kari Granlund, who had previously done work for the Lady and the Tramp along with Isla Fisher’s Godmothered, both Disney+ projects. Justin Springer, who was attached to Tron: Legacy and the Dumbo remake will be serving as a producer for the film. The report also stated that the deal for the film had been in motion prior to Hollywood shut down due to the coronavirus.
Disney’s Robin Hood was both a musical and comedic version of the timeless story. The title character was a fox, and his camaraderie were of different species which included a bear (Little John), a badger (Friar Tuck), and a vixen (Maid Marian). Unlike the Lion King which featured animals in their natural forms and states, Robin Hood featured anthropomorphic creatures. Knowing that the Disney+ film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, I believe this will have more emotion in contrast to the safari documentary I watched in theatres last year. The filmmakers should not have to be bound by photo-realism because the concept itself features bipedal animals. If anything, we’ll see something along the lines of Paddington and Peter Rabbit… or maybe… a certain Golden Raspberry Winner for Worst Movie of 2019. Fingers crossed, it’s not going to be the latter as we certainly need good rest, devoid of nightmares.
Amid the boom in live-action adaptations of Disney animated classics, The Mouse House has been looking within its vast film library for films to adapt to live-action. Pinnochio is currently moving forward with Back to the Future director, Robert Zemeckis. The Little Mermaid too is in development along with Pan and Wendy, Bambi, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lilo & Stitch. Billion-dollar hits such as 2016’s Jungle Book and 2019’s Aladdin are both getting sequels as well. So, we definitely have a lot on the Disney plate and Nottingham Forest is just one of them.
What do you think about the new CG approach to the 1973 classic? Leave your furry thoughts in the comments!