There are no small risks in Hollywood these days. Just big ones. If you want that corner office and a few extra zeros on your paycheck, you better do something to get the attention of your bosses upstairs. Clearly someone at Sony is throwing around all the right buzzwords.
Producer Michael De Luca has managed to get Sony to make a seven-figure deal for “Hood,” via a pitch from Cory Goodman (“Priest,” “The Last Witch Hunter“) and Jeremy Lott (“The Falling“). And as you might guess from the title (which isn’t to be confused with the project The Wachowskis tried to get moving a few years ago), this project will apply the superhero treatment to Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett, creating an Avengers-esque, interconnected cinematic universe, with a tone said to be between “Mission: Impossible” and “Fast & Furious.” Lol.
And while there was been some hue and cry about this online, this is where blockbuster movie business is going. The strategy based around “Hood” is no different than Warner Bros.’ six movie plan for King Arthur (which has Guy Ritchie directing the first movie), or Universal‘s ambitious movie monster-verse, kicking off this weekend with “Dracula Untold.” This is the way the business will go until such time when a string of expensive tentpole gambles fail miserably. [THR]