First Trailer for Russel Crowe as Robin Hood

Ridley Scott has a pretty damn good track record. Blade Runner. Alien. Gladiator. Matchstick Men. It’s hard to argue with that body of work. But still, when I saw he was joining forces with Russel Crowe again to make Robin Hood I was skeptical, mainly because of the source material. Sure, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Disney adaptation, but looking at it critically it’s not among their best work. The Kevin Costner version in the early 90s was a train wreck, and I’m not just saying that because my first real taste of rejection came at a church dance, with that stupid Bryan Adams song playing in the background (apparently she was thinking “Everything I do, I do it for you, including just walking away without a word when you ask me to dance”. I mean really, who does that? Either say “no”, or come up with an excuse, but don’t just walk away. At least I’m not bitter…). These less-than-stellar previous attempts had me worried that even the superb tag team of Scott and Crowe could make the tired story interesting again.

Well, there’s a trailer out now, and I’m not worried anymore. It actually looks quite a bit like Gladiator, which is fine by me. Check it out:

Pretty damn cool, right? Robin Hood storms into theaters May 14th, 2010.