Archive for June, 2009

New Robin Hood details out

9 June, 2009

More news has emerged on Russel Crowe and Ridley Scott’s much troubled Robin Hood Film.

After being known as Nottingham since day one angry Aussie Crowe has revealed in a radio interview that the film will now be released under the startlingly innovative moniker of Robin Hood. Quite how they came up at that off-the-wall idea I doubt we will ever know.

Director Scott has also binned his original idea of focussing the story on the Sheriff of Nottingham as the hero, and having Robin Hood as the film’s villain. Clearly this was interesting, so Scott has decided to ditch the plan in favor of a more familiar platform – with Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Last month a few more photos were leaked of angry men in armour running about in fields after this shot of Crowe in action, so it would seem that hugely delayed production is now up and running.

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You can listen to the ten minute interview with Crowe on the film’s set courtesy of livenews.com.au here.

Let me know what you think of Robin Hood by leaving a comment below, is this project back on target or just far wide of the mark?

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In film Production, no one can hear you scream

4 June, 2009

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

Seemingly not satisfied with smashing a train wreck of remakes through some of cinemas most treasured franchises, the powers that be in Hollywood have now decided to bastardise the Alien films furthermore with that dirtiest of words – a prequel.

News broke out last weekthat Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror classic, Alien, will be stained with a prequel – supposedly focusing this time on the crashed space ship which landed John Hurt with a severe abdominal blight in the first film. Although this time around the plot will feature a different kind of alien to the Aliens we know and love.

Now, to me, that sounds like cack, and a complete mar on the franchise – especially if the alien in the new Alien film isn’t an Alien but an alien, because this is a franchise built around H R Giger’s Alien, and fans will be expecting Aliens not aliens. The concept of an alien in an Alien film is, well, just alien. You heard.

Tony Scott will be producing, while advert director Carl Rinsch will take up the directors chair. Slashfilm have put together a compilation of Rinsch’s work here. Call me cynic but as pretty and clever as these ads all are, time has proved that plenty of  shiny effects and flashing lights definitely do not make certain of a good film.

The news comes shortly after Robert Rodriguez announced he would be taking on the Predator franchise, and is currently stuck in to writing Predators – a project I also have my ample share of reservations about.

I’m rapidly running out of patience with vacuous, dull Hollywood remakes and prequels. People with pockets of cash don’t seem to realise that the reason these classic films are still loved so much today is because creative ideas and innovation doesn’t get boring over time – remodelling a great idea and trying to force it into a money making mould does. Very quickly. Sadly, detritus like X-men Origins: Wolverine is looking increasingly safe for guaranteeing box office cash so there doesn’t seem to be any quick road out on the horizon. But really now, Hollywood if you’re listening – start making good films again.