Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes US Rights to Lifetime Films’ ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ Starring Kevin Kline
via press release:
SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO LIFETIME FILMS’ THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD
STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER KEVIN KLINE AS THE INFAMOUS ERROL FLYNN,
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER SUSAN SARANDON AND DAKOTA FANNING
Los Angeles, CA (April 9, 2014) – Samuel Goldwyn Films proudly announced today a Fall 2014 release of co-writers and co-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s The Last of Robin Hood. Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline stars as Hollywood icon Errol Flynn in this stylish biopic about the actor’s final years and his May-December romance with starlet, Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), and her mother’s role, Florence Aadland (Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon) in encouraging the relationship. Flynn is widely regarded as the first action-hero in Hollywood. The film, from Lifetime Films, also features Bryan Batt, Max Casella, Jason Davis, Matt Kane, Patrick St. Esprit, Ric Reitz, and Justina Machado.
Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother – which only fed Florence’s need to stay in the spotlight. The Last of Robin Hood is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.
According to Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films: “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 non-stop, 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.”
Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, says: “The Last of Robin Hood is full of powerful performances by some of the finest actors of our time. We are proud to partner with Samuel Goldwyn Films on its release this fall so that the film’s scandalous, complex and surprisingly moving story of Errol Flynn and Beverly Aadland can be seen by all.”
Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland added, “We are truly excited to be releasing The Last of Robin Hood with Goldwyn. A film about Hollywood’s golden years needs a classic Hollywood distributor.”
The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, Vice President and General Counsel of Samuel Goldwyn Films and by Molly Thompson of Lifetime Films / A+E Studios and John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
A Lifetime Films presentation in association with Killer Films and Big Indie Pictures, The Last of Robin Hood 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.