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March 9, 2009

Newsbites: The period-piece edition!

1. Alan Doyle, of the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea, has been cast as Allan A'Dayle in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood movie. The film will also star Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. -- National Post, Globe and Mail

2. New Regency has bought the script for a film called Medieval, about which little is known except that it "plays like 'The Dirty Dozen' in the age of castles, plagues and serfs," and the studio "hopes to spin [it] as a hyper-realistic action movie in the vein of '300.'" More emphasis on "hyper" than "realistic", then, I'm guessing. -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter

3. Guillermo Del Toro wants to make "a Gothic-Western retelling of 'The Count of Monte Cristo,'" which may or may not be called The Left Hand of Darkness. -- MTV Movies Blog

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