Damage Cat Productions in the Hollywood Reporter
‘300’ Producers Return to Futuristic Robin Hood Project, Attach U.K. Screenwriter
Tony Lee has penned the script for the Hollywood Gang’s take on the British legend.
More than six years in the making and with Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper) and then Michael Ross (The Throwaways) both having been involved in screenwriting duties, The Hollywood Gang’s futuristic take on the legend of Robin Hood is gathering pace once more.
The production house headed up by Gianni Nunnari – producer on films including 300 and Immortals – has now attached London-based screenwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee to work on the project.
While plot details are under wraps, the story has been described as a “futuristic reimagining of Robin Hood” and is set in a “dystopian London with a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice.” Its working title had been Robin Hood 2058, and while it is believed this might change Lee says he will “stay faithful to the legend’s source material.”
The project joins a crop of Robin Hood films in development, with Sony, Warner, Disney and Lionsgate all working on their own stories involving the Sherwood Forest-dwelling British folklore legend. Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins has tapped rising star Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) for the lead role.
Lee is a relative newcomer to screenwriter having worked primarily in comics and graphic novels over the past decade, including titles such as Spider Man, Doctor Who, Star Trek and MacGyver. However, he now has several screenplays in development, including action-thriller Cartel from U.K. finance outfit Red Rock Entertainment and actor-producer Craig Fairbrass’s Impact Entertainment, and a modern day retelling of The Thirty Nine Steps from Damage Cat Productions. He also has a three-slate deal with U.K.-based Boxfly Pictures, which includes historical thriller Stoker’s Monster: Before Dracula which was co-created with Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker and tells the story of the author’s inspiration for his most famous creation, inspired by actual events during the Lyceum Theatre’s New York tour of Faustin February and March 1888.
Lee is repped by the JFL Agency.
Source: Hollywood Reporter/3:33 AM PST 1/29/2016 by Alex Ritman LINK to article.
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