Disney is going through an era where they are remaking old classics into live-action movies and after The Lion King, Mulan and Aladdin, 1973 Robin Hood is the latest one to get its own CG version.
However, this one would be released directly on Disney Plus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin Hood will follow the pattern of Lion King and will therefore “feature the characters as anthropomorphic, this time in a live-action/CG hybrid format.”
Source: The Verge
The older version included a noble thief of Sherwood as a fox, while his gang of merry men were illustrated as other animals. Little John was a black bear, the Sheriff of Nottingham was a wolf, Friar Tuck was a badger and the most memorable character of them all, Prince John was a thumbsucking, jeweler-entrusted crown-wearing lion. Because of all the hit songs, the movie will be a musical.
Robin Hood will be directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada who is known for his amazing direction of 2018’s Blindspotting while Kari Gurland, the writer of Lady and the Tramp will write the screenplay for the movie. Right now, we don’t know when Disney will start working on the project because of the coronavirus situation in the world.
The fact that this would be a Disney Plus exclusive film says a lot about the company’s strategy of releasing movies. Lady and the Tramp was also featured on the website since the service started functioning in November 2019.
They know that Robin Hood will also not be able to generate a lot of money from theaters unlike The Lion King and Aladdin, both of which surpassed $1 billion at the global box office. Therefore, it makes more sense to just put the rest of the live-action movies on the streaming service.
Disney reached over 50 million paid users worldwide, soon after they launched the app in the UK, India, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. The launch in France was delayed due to government issues related to bandwidth but now it is successfully operating in the country and bringing a huge amount of revenue.