Timing is everything, and this may be what Syfy was thinking when they greenlit “Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood Forest.”
The movie is a retelling of the classic story, but this time — judging by the trailer that has been launched — it will be more “magical.”
This is a good time for this version of the story. For instance, at this very moment, there is a “Robin Hood” movie in the works, and Ridley Scott is making it.
Also, the BBC just finished its final season of “Robin Hood,” a very successful series with a multitude of followers.
One other good move from Syfy was getting Erica Durance of “Smallville” to play Maid Marian — Durance, after all, recently was declared one of TV Guide’s Sexiest Sci-Fi Women.
The trailer is very exciting and moves very quickly, and never gives away any scenes. It has all the classic imagery you would expect from a Robin Hood movie — castles, beautiful hills, soldiers riding horses (while wearing armor that doesn’t seem to fit well), fiery-tipped arrows being shot from bows and … dragons.
Yes, you read that right: dragons. They call it and ancient evil in the trailer, but it’s a dragon. In the movie’s defense, the trailer does say it is “the untold story of the worlds greatest outlaw,” so that kind of gives them the green light to have fun and this is exactly what this movie seems to be, fun.
The special effects look pretty good for both the “monster” and the sorcery effects.
This younger Robin is played by Robin Dunne. He is younger than Kevin Costner was and younger than the most recent Robin Hood on film, Russell Crowe. One other interesting difference picked up from the trailer is that he does not wear tights, its more like the Kevin Costner leather and clothe outfit, but with baggy pants, very baggy pants.
They don’t show much of Durance’s character, who is supposed to be very tough, “just one of the guys,” according to some interview I read. Instead, she seems sad and scared. Nevertheless, it will be interesting hearing her speak with an English accent and being medieval.
Julian Sands (who will be joining co-star Erica Durance on “Smallville” in Season 9) seems to be portraying a new and important character in this movie.
“Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood Forest” will draw its bow on Nov. 28 on SyFy.
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