In 1973, Disney’s Robin Hood was largely seen as a critical misfire, one which fell prey to early cost-cutting measures that took a toll on the excellence of the animation. But the movie has proved to cast a long shadow, and numerous generations have now fallen under the spell of Disney’s spin on Nottingham and its anthropomorphized animal citizens.
So that’s probably why Disney is going full speed ahead on yet another “live-action” remake (which aren’t so much “live-action” as “more realistic looking CGI animation”), recruiting red-hot filmmaker Carlos Lopez Estrada to direct a script re-tooled by Kari Granlund. We don’t know much so far but this new Robin Hood will still be a musical (Oo-de-lally!) and will likewise feature a talking fox in the title role, a big bear as Little John, a scraggly lion as Prince John and the devious snake Sir Hiss.
Estrada’s an interesting choice for the product, having directed Daveed Diggs in Blindspotting and an episode of FX’s trippy Marvel Comics riff Legion. There’s no clear release date yet but the movie is being developed for Disney’s streaming service Disney Plus. It remains to be seen whether or not this remake is a good idea — Disney’s attempts at reboots have been decided hit and miss — but the story’s message of the plight of the poor in the face of systemic injustice is about as timeless as they come.