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ROBIN HOOD, a novelization by David B. CoeSo our local paper, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, interviewed me as a sidebar to their stories about the premier of the Robin Hood movie.  Here's the site.  Not sure all the transcription is spot on perfect, but it's pretty close.  The reporter was great -- good questions, friendly guy.  Hope you enjoy the interview.

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gauroth
May. 16th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
What an excellent interview! I heard Simon R Green speak about his novelisation of the Kevin Costner film (and how he had to include a line about 'we'll dine with my father in Nottingham tonight' when Costner and Freeman had just landed in Dover - Mr Green's comment was along the lines of "not without a Porsche, you won't"! As for the side-trip to Hadrian's Wall on the way to Nottingham - well, you're an historian, I'm sure you understand why the cinema audience when I saw the film giggled at that bit. Geography in the Costner Robin Hood universe was somewhat fluid.)

(My father, aged 90 (who remembers the Errol Flynn version when it first came out) enjoyed the Costner version, but he thinks that 'Men in Tights' is uproarious, one of the funniest films he has ever seen. The best bits, for him, are the Flynn spoofs.)

Anyway, it sounds as though you had fun writing the novelisation,though it was obviously a challenge, and I'm definitely going to order it. It's about time we had a darker Robin Hood: life in the Middle Ages was nasty, brutish and short, of course, but I can't think of any films that show that.
davidbcoe
May. 16th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, Maggie. The movie isn't getting the best reviews, and I wonder to what extent that's because this isn't a traditional take on Robin Hood. I'm pretty familiar with the script and while I'd never say that it's perfect, I do think it's good. Scott is a terrific director; the actors are top of the line. I just can't imagine the movie is as mediocre as some say (I've yet to see it). The fact is, there are risks to taking on a story as beloved and familiar as Robin Hood. Scott had the guts to do it differently, and I wonder if now he's paying the price.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the book.
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