Big budget version of IVANHOE on the fast track
Were you forced to read the noble tale of Ivanhoe in high school, too? Because it just so happens that the rights to Sir Walter Scott's novel are in the public domain in the U.K., and Fairbanks Productions is fast-tracking an 80 million dollar version of the classic story.
Developing a family friendly adventure movie under his own production banner is a perfect marriage for Dominick Fairbanks, whose grandfather, Douglas Fairbanks, appeared in dozens of swashbucklers and founded United Artists in 1919 with Charlie Chaplin. The company recently struck a 10-year exclusive co-production, sales and finance partnership with Arclight Productions out of L.A., and has plans to develop adventure epics such as a re-working of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL in years to come.
If you recall from the book, Robin Hood appears as the character Locksley in the story, so maybe Ridley Scott will have some interest in returning to the Middle Ages after he ventures back from the endless black of space after his sci-fi epic PROMETHEUS.
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