Disney+ Sets Live-Action/CG ‘Robin Hood’ Remake From ‘Blindspotting’ Director

Growing up there was one Disney animated movie I loved more than the rest: 1973’s Robin Hood. It reimagined the woodland hero as a sly fox, joined by his band of Merry Men, such as Little John the bear and the badger Friar Tuck. I watched the movie a bunch of times, and even had the LP to listen to. To me, it’s still better than every Robin Hood movie since. And now, Disney is making it the latest of their live-action remakes.

THR reports that Blindspotting director Carlos Lopez Estrada will direct the Robin Hood remake for Disney+. He’ll be working from a script by Kari Granlund, writer of Disney’s 2019 remake of Lady and the Tramp. The film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, which is interesting and implies there will be some human characters mixed in. I can’t imagine why.

The 1973 was both comic and musical, elements that Estrada will be bringing back with his version. His work on Blindspotting blended comedy, music, and spoken-word to tell a powerful story of injustice. Pretty sure he can do the same with a story on Sherwood Forest’s greatest hero.  Disney has been thinking outside the box with some of their director choices on these remakes. I liken Estrada’s hiring to that of David Lowery on Pete’s Dragon, and that turned out to be a tremendous creative success.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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