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Oscar winner 'tackles' Robin Hood
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe's last film was A Good Year
Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland is to work on Robin Hood film Nottingham, which would reunite Russell Crowe and Sir Ridley Scott, reports have said.

The movie is a twist on the classic story, with the Sheriff of Nottingham cast as a sympathetic figure up against a not-so-heroic Robin Hood.

Crowe is set to play the Sheriff with Sir Ridley directing.

Helgeland won an Oscar in 1997 for LA Confidential, which he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson.

He also wrote the screenplays for Mystic River and Man on Fire.

Nottingham was the subject of a heated bidding war between rival studios.

Universal Pictures will make the film, which is expected to begin shooting by the end of the year.

Crowe, who won an Oscar for Sir Ridley's 2000 film Gladiator, was last seen in cinemas in A Good Year, a Provence-set romantic comedy also directed by Sir Ridley.

The film flopped in the US and received stinging reviews when it was released in France in January.

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