Hollywood’s next big shared-universe could be centered on Sherwood Forest
Ever since the unprecedented pop-cultural impact of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, every studio in Hollywood has been trying to find a way to make the “shared universe” concept work for them: Universal is reuniting their famous monsters. Fox thinks the X-Men and Fantastic Four should maybe hang out sometime.
Sony has been hoping to make it happen with Spider-Man – but have thus far been met with mixed results. But that’s not stopping them from trying other venues: The studio is reportedly set to pay $1 million against $2 million for a pitch to create a new Marvel-style universe… based on the legend of Robin Hood.
The pitch (from Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott) is for a new franchise called Hood, which would be comprised of multiple films centered on the vigilante archer of British folklore and also the individual adventures of his Merry Men (Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlett, etc). Though not specified, an Avengers-style team-up of the characters could theoretically be part of either the lead-in or end-goal of the series. Goodman was previously the writer behind the upcoming Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter, and has also been charged with rebooting the Underworld franchise.
There has been no indication on what, if anything, the development focus on Hood means for Sony’s other universe-building projects.