Robin Hood

Hey Hollywood: Here Are More Children’s Stories For You to Turn into “Cinematic Universes”

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Gather ‘round, dear friends, and lay eyes upon what The Avengers has wrought. This morning, The Guardian breathlessly reported that not one, but two major studios are spending big bucks to create major new tentpoles from the story of Robin Hood. (Y’know, the one that Ridley Scott tried to reignite a few years back, and no one cared.) Disney is jumping into the fray with Nottingham & Hood, which “reportedly has a tone reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.” And if that doesn’t sound enough like something you’d rather gouge your eyes out than watch, try this one for size: “Sony reportedly paid $2m in October for a script titled Hood, pitched as a jumping off point for a huge Avengers-style Robin Hood ‘universe.’” This follows last summer’s news that Universal is rebooting their classic monster movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, et. al.) to create, yes, a Marvel-style “interconnected slate of Monster films.” Everything’s connected now, you guys! Everything’s like Marvel! Everything’s a cinematic universe! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go jump out a window. But first…
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10 Movies We Can’t Believe Have Merchandise Tie-Ins

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In its first weekend of wide release, Harmony Korine’s hedonistic morality play Spring Breakers did a respectable $5 million and landed in the top ten — certainly a first for Korine, and an indication that newbie distributor A24 may have an indie hit on their hands. And when a movie is big, you know what comes next: merchandising! You wouldn’t think that Korine’s feverish vision of gun-toting, bikini-wearing babes would be a natural for tie-in products, but you’d be wrong; after the jump, we’ll take a look at your must-have Breakers merch, and nine other unlikely movies you won’t believe were merchandised.
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