Disney has made a surprising choice to direct its next remake of “Robin Hood”


To the rhythm of Disney, the studio will lack animation classics to redo in a few years. Since 2015, Disney has released live remakes of Cinderella, The jungle Book, The beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and the Lady and the Tramp.

While most critics and some fans have viewed these productions as unnecessary cash flow, they have made huge profits for Disney. So naturally, the studio has many more on the way. Fans already knew that Disney was ready to revisit stories like Mulan and The little Mermaid. But nobody expected a new version of Robin Hood to join their ranks.

Carlos Lopez Estrada at SXSW
Carlos Lopez Estrada at SXSW | Diego Donamaria / Getty Images for SXSW

Disney is said to be redoing its animated “Robin Hood”

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Disney was actually working on a hybrid live-action / CGI version of Robin Hood. The character has of course been adapted to the big screen countless times before. But Disney’s animated musical put anthropomorphic animals in each role, with Robin Hood himself as a fox.

This new version will remain faithful to the animal cast and the musical nature of the classic Disney from 1973. In addition, the studio will release the new Robin Hood directly to Disney +, a bit like in 2019 the Lady and the Tramp. Kari Granlund – who wrote the Lady and the Tramp – will return to the script Robin Hood as well as.

The animated Robin Hood turned out to be a box office success for Disney, despite mixed reviews at the time. However, over the years, he has developed a dedicated fan base. Undoubtedly, this increase in appreciation for the film pushed it up on the Disney development schedule.

But its director made one of the most critically acclaimed films in 2018

Besides the simple existence of the project, the most surprising element of this news Robin Hood is its director, Carlos López Estrada. He previously directed short films and television, including an episode of the FX series. Legion. Robin Hood is just the second directing feature by Estrada. But its premiere was one of the most critically acclaimed releases in 2018.

Boasting a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Estrada’s first film was Blindspotting. After two friends (Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who also wrote the film) in Oakland, California, the film is a raw, hip-hop exploration of racism, gentrification and violence. After its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the dramatic comedy earned critical acclaim specifically for Diggs’ powerful performance.

At the box office, Blindspotting won only $ 5 million worldwide. But the film’s announced production budget of $ 1.2 million means it still made a profit. More precisely, Blindspotting also likely helped Estrada secure her current contract with Disney. In addition to Robin Hood, he also collaborates with the studio on a fully animated project.

Will Disney be able to perfect the universal “digital fur” used in “Cats”?

From a business perspective, Disney’s decision to redo Robin Hood logic. But the fact that the film is a CGI / live action hybrid raises a few questions. The original film has no human characters. So there really is no need for a live action component.

Maybe Robin Hood will photograph a live action environment and install his animal characters in it. Or it could become photo-realistic like The Lion King. Still, the notion of combining CGI with live artists strangely resembles Universal Cats. This project sadly used “digital fur technology” to transform its actors into humanoid cats.

Given the release of Disney + Robin Hood, the chances that the film will take this route are slim. After all, Cats cost nearly $ 100 million, much of which went to visual effects. We can’t imagine Disney spending that much on a version of Disney +. Again, the studio has perfected technology in the past. Could Robin Hood be the film to remove the digital fur? We will see.


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