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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline as the swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn. The distributor is planning a fall release for the movie, co-written and co-directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
The film focuses on Flynn’s May-December romance with starlet Beverly Aadland, played by Dakota Fanning, which was encouraged by Aadland’s mother, played by Susan Sarandon. It also features Bryan Batt, Max Casella, Jason Davis, Matt Kane, Patrick St. Esprit, Ric Reitz and Justina Machado.
“The Last of Robin Hood captures a very unique aspect of Hollywood and celebrity. The film takes place in 1959, but it might as well be 2014. You have an aging superstar struggling to maintain his fame, a starlet chasing her big break, a manipulative ‘stage’ mother, and the public’s timeless curiosity, almost obsession with, ‘celebrity.’ The nonstop, sensational tabloid coverage of Errol Flynn’s life and relationship mirrors exactly the kind of coverage this story would receive in Hollywood 55 years later,” said Peter Goldywn, senior vp of Goldwyn Films.
A Lifetime Films presentation in association with Killer Films and Big Indie Pictures, Last was produced by Declan Baldwin, Maggie Malina, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon. Executive producers include Todd Haynes, Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Molly Thompson, Colleen McCormick and Lisa Hamilton Daly.
The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, Goldwyn vp and general counsel with Molly Thompson of Lifetime Films/A+E Studios and John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
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