New sheriff in town after big Uni deal

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Universal Pictures has scored a bull's-eye, winning a bidding war for a revisionist take on the legend of Robin Hood with Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe attached to play the Sheriff of Nottingham (HR 2/1). The project hails from Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, creators of Showtime's "Sleeper Cell." Imagine Entertainment is producing.

One day after Reiff and Voris' Emmy-nominated miniseries was canceled, they learned that Crowe had attached himself to their film project. The actor sparked to the tale in which Nottingham is investigating a series of murders in which Robin Hood is the suspect.

The bidding war came down to Universal, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, though Regency Enterprises, DreamWorks Pictures and Columbia Pictures were said to be involved too.
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