The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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The recent announcement by Warner Brothers that they are planning a new Robin Hood movie means that together with Sony, Disney, Lionsgate and a French film company, there are now an unprecedented total of FIVE Robin Hood based movie projects in production, all putting their own artistic interpretations on the traditional tale of the legendary outlaw hero!

Brief details on each of the productions are as follows:

Warner Brothers are keeping their exact proposals "under-wraps" at this stage but it is thought that Will Beall (Gangster Squad/Aquaman) will write the script and Dan Lin, who was behind the Lego Movie, will produce the movie.

Sony Pictures "Hood" is believed to be a realistic, action-heavy production with a focus on Robin's band of Merry Men, including Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett.

Disney have their eye on creating a potential blockbuster and with a working title of "Nottingham and Hood", the studio hopes to repeat the success of its "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise with an adventure comedy for both children and adults.

Lionsgate are apparently linked to Leonardo De Caprio's Appian Way production company and their "Robin Hood: Origins" will be scripted by Joby Harold, the screenwriter behind Guy Ritchie's "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur" , with Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam, which is scheduled to be in movie theatres in the summer of 2016.

All of the above projects are still in the early development stage and no actors have been announced to play Robin Hood. However all the productions have the potential to attract major Hollywood stars to the role, especially given the enduring popularity of the character and his legendary exploits.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, in Europe, French actor Max Boublil will play Robin in "Robin des Bois: La Veritable Histoire" ("Robin Hood: The True Story"). A quirky comedy created by writer/ director , Anthony Marciano, in which the legendary archer is actually a scoundrel who steals from poor people, women and children!

Over the decades, there have been many Robin Hood films made for the big and small screen and they are listed (with the principal cast) in The Robin Hood Film and Television Guide that you can access through the following link:

Mike Douglas of the World Wide Robin Hood Society welcomes the news and says that the movie industry interest shows the enduring popularity of the Sherwood hero. "There's a worldwide appetite for Robin Hood, which has been under-exploited for so long in the outlaw's home city and county!"