Saturday, April 13, 2024

UPDATE Leonardo DiCaprio Produced “Robin Hood” Makes Just $14 Mil, Cost over $100 Mil


update Sunday November 25th: “Robin Hood” made $14 million over 5 days.

NOVEMBER 20 TH Leonardo DiCaprio is facing his own “Titanic” tomorrow: his company, Appian Way, produced the new “Robin Hood” movie. And it’s got a 14 right now on Rotten Tomatoes– 42 negative reviews, just 7 positive.

Lions Gate is releasing “Robin Hood” under what’s left of the Summit Pictures label. It’s sort of amazing– Summit had a big run with vampires and dystopian universes thanks to the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” series. And now, pfft.

The new Robin Hood is played by Taron Egerton, who will soon be seen as Elton John in the rock star’s biopic. The movie also stars Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, and Eve Hewson– aka Bono’s daughter– as Maid Marian.

But for some reason Leo and his producing partners put all these A-listers in the hands of director Otto Bathurst, who comes from TV (“Peaky Blinders”) and has no feature film experience.  It’s not clear how much DiCaprio’s company has sunk into “Robin Hood,” but if the costs are $100 million, the losses will be high —  and shared by everyone.

Most of the reviews are similar to this one from the Washington Post: “Amounts to a chilly and flavorless frappé of historical speculation, revisionist folklore and every lazy action-movie cliche ever written.”

Originally “Robin Hood” was supposed to have been released last March, when no one would have cared. Someone decided to shift it to Thanksgiving, maybe just for the turkey jokes.

Come back Thursday for the bad news.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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