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If the sale of Hollywood spec scripts is any indication, green tights, living in the woods, and forcibly redistributing England’s wealth from behind a bow-and-arrow are totally in right now.

We could ponder why so many writers seem to be selling screenplays inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, and we could ponder why movie studios keep on buying them. It’s become something of a joke – everyone has a Robin Hood script tucked away for a rainy day, and they keep on announcing more of them. Could this be a case of art reflecting life, with Robin Hood feeling like the right kind of power fantasy for a decade where the income gap has widened, and so many people feel powerless to do anything about it? Or could this be a case of Robin Hood being a public domain character that anyone can shape and mold to fit a variety of tones?

In both instances, there have been a lot of Robin Hood movies announced since the previous Robin Hood movie (you know, the one starring Russell Crowe that you didn’t watch) limped into theaters in 2010. Most of them will probably never see the light of day at this point. Let’s run ’em down.

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Maybe it’s because we’re living in an era where people all over the world feel disenfranchised and powerless in the face of ever-widening income gape, but there are a whole bunch of Robin Hood movies in development at the moment. Hollywood seems to be betting on people wanting to see stories about a charming rogue stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Now, Sony has lined up another Robin Hood movie with another high concept twist: what if Robin Hood died and Maid Marian secretly took his place? And what if Maid Marian was played by Margot Robbie?

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