Brian Grazer Reveals ‘Nottingham’ Plot Points, Sets Record Straight On Russell Crowe Confusion

Maybe every generation gets the Robin Hood film they deserve. Apparently I deserved Kevin Costner and Christian Slater hugging as a Bryan Adams song played over the end credits (to be fair, I kind of love that film). And apparently this generation is going to get a Russell Crowe-led re-imagining directed by Ridley Scott (because apparently they can’t be apart for more than a couple months).

We’ve all been gossiping about “Nottingham” for months on end and lately a lot of the chatter has concerned just who Crowe is playing. Scott told us recently that Crowe is playing both Robin Hood and Nottingham which left a few people scratching their heads. It wasn’t so confusing in retrospect given what has been reported about the script elsewhere.

But now Brian Grazer has further clarified to MTV News how this dual role thing is going to work AND he even dropped a bit of a bomb about how the beginning of the film plays out. So spoiler-scared folk please go no further.

Asked about the confusion over who Russell is in fact playing, Grazer said “The two role confusion is that what Robin Hood does is he sees Nottingham in battle very early in the movie and Nottingham dies. And Robin Hood takes over the identity of Nottingham. Thats how it plays out.” Grazer went on to call the film “an origin story” for the characters.

Wowzers, right? This one just gets curioser and curioser. Grazer told us that the script is getting a final rewrite by Brian Helgeland and that he expects “that we’ll make ’Nottingham’ in March of next year.

Is this the right take for a Robin Hood tale or does it sound like all sorts of foolishness to you? Let us know.