With four Robin Hood screenplays currently in development in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, made a significant move to progress their film.

With Joby Harold already providing the screenplay, Appian Way has hired Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders”) to direct the film. The film will be distributed through Lionsgate.

“Robin Hood: Origins” is now the first of the four screenplays currently in circulation to have a director. The screenplay is being hyped as a grittier take on Robin Hood, similar to what Christopher Nolan did with “The Dark Knight” franchise.

Five years ago, Ridley Scott attempted to revive the film series with “Robin Hood” starring Russell Crowe, but the film received mostly negative reviews and did not do as well as expected in the box office.

Unlike most film franchises, which are owned by a production company who has the rights to make their own script, “Robin Hood” is public domain and therefore anyone can write a screenplay and pitch it to any production company.

“Robin Hood: Origins” is expected to film in early 2016 in hopes of beginning in advance of the other screenplays in circulation.

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