Director talks Initially turning Down Lionsgate’s Robin Hood

During a recent interview with Dubrovnik Daily, director Otto Bathurst revealed he initially turned down the job of Directing Lionsgate’s Robin Hood. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On turning down the offer at first: ‘To be honest, when this film was first offered to me, I turn it down immediately. The world doesn’t need another Robin Hood film, we had enough. But when started to look into it and investigate this man and legend, the story seemed more relevant today than has ever been. For me, making film is about reflecting what’s going on at the moment, to bring back something to humanity, to society. So there is a purpose to the film rather than being pure entertainment.”

On the tone of the film: “We want to be entertained as well. Every day the film seems to be more and more important. This will be a great peace of entertainment but there is also a real subtext to the movie about government, corruption and the power of individual to bring change to society. It’s about 99 % being ruled by 1 % and if any of us, any normal man has the strength and the courage to stand up and fight for the truth, than the real change can happen. That is the strong message of Robin Hood and it’s going to be even stronger message of my Robin Hood.”