RA as Robin Hood?
Now here’s an idea and I would love comments from all Armitage fans…
Angus Donald‘s fabulous series, The Outlaw Chronicles, has been optioned in the States for a film or TV series. If you haven’t read the books yet then run don’t walk, people, they are fab!!!
In Angus’s books, Robin is a callous, fierce, self-motivated character. Nothing at all like the Robin of legend that we have seen clichéd out of existence by Hollywood. In fact he is the perfect anti-hero. And in this series, *spoiler* Guy of Gisborne is done and dusted in the first book. The books take us on Robin’s journey as a knight loyal to Richard I, through England to the Third Crusade, onward to Richard’s disappearance and subsequent ransom in Austria, to reclaiming Richard’s lands in France and onward then to the search for the Holy Grail. And there are more books to come. As I say, epic and stunning!
What do you think of the idea of RA being cast in the role?
NB: If you would like to read my interview with Angus when he and Robin sat in my Big Red Chair, click…
And as a not-so-total afterthought, do you think I could audition for a role as Marie-Anne’s feisty, elderly, bow-wielding maidservant and chaperone? At the very least, I could get the CAST (!) to sign my own books about Guy of Gisborne!
Personally I love the idea however unlikely it may be!
Perhaps not such a farfetched idea? And what great a great marketing point. ‘Gisborne IS Hood!’
Well stranger things have happened I admit. And yes…a great USP! 🙂
Now that is a BRILLIANT idea! This Robin Hood is definitely a lot more dangerous than any other we’ve seen and Richard Armitage has the perfect blend of charisma and danger for the role! Please, please, please!!! 🙂
And fabulous news the optioning of the books for a TV series! I’d love a weekly dose of my favourite archer on my screen! 🙂
PS: is that you with the bow? Great shot!
I doubt there’s a fan of the BBC series that doesn’t think he’d make the best Angus Donald RH! Yep, CrazyCris, that’s me with the bow. LOVED it. It was my first time and whilst some shots were awfully wild, there were a couple that might have passed muster with RH and Gisborne!
Woops! I left my comment incomplete! I had intented to also say wouldn’t the irony of Gisborne being Robin Hood be fabulous?! 😉
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at archery, ever since I fell in love with the Robin Hood stories as a kid (and fencing because of King Arthur and the Three Musketeers), sadly I’ve never had the chance! Someday perhaps… Lucky you! 🙂
I felt that if I was going to write books about the twelfth century and about Gisborne, the very least I could do was pick up a bow, nock it and loose to see how it felt, how it sounded, what it all looked like from behind the bow. Especially as the narrator of the saga is a woman. I can say that it takes quite a lot of strength to pull the bow and of course I held it quite a long time to sight the target. In the twelfth century, the speed of nock and release was huge. Archers could nock and loose 10 arrows a minute!
Irony! That’s the word I was looking for.
Re the archery – I found an archery club who let beginners role up to have a go. As for swords, hmm…
I do Tai Chi and one of the forms I learned was Swords, so I do have a big sword (wooden with a lovely red tassel hanging off it) in the cupboard. My husband would get a wooden pole to use as a sword and we would have practice fights in the garden before falling about laughing!!!! Writing sword fights is THE hardest thing!
Seeing our Guy of Gisborne being Robin Hood could be great! Particularly if, as you say, this character has such deepness and such aura! RA will be awesome playing it!
I didn’t know about those books before but I must admit I’m pretty intrigued. Can I just ask you if the books are really violent please? I mean, do they have a lot of really bloody scenes? Thank you.
By the way, your picture is really great!
Angus won’t thank me for this I am sure, but I must be honest. So yes, they are quite bloody as befits books about that time and from that viewpoint. I’m hopeless with violence on screen and in print and that may be a fault with my own books – that I tried to give the feel of the times without the ‘colourful’ but also very legitimate violence. But in respect of The Outlaw Chronicles, the story itself is sooo good that I perfected the art of speed-reading or glossing over the violent bits and then continuing on. The characters and storyline are unique and so strongly portrayed that it was worth it and by speed-reading those bits, it didn’t detract from my overall reading pleasure. If I was able to read them and enjoy, then Dolphen, I am sure you could too! Thanks so much for the compliment re my pic!
I’ve only read Outlaw and your description in response to Dolphen is spot on. I also glazed over some of the more violent moments, but I loved the storyline and the characterization. And it’s so cool to know the books have been optioned for a series. We need more Robin Hood!
ABSOLUTELY Char! Thanks for commenting!