New Adapatation of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe in the Works

ivanhoeSir Walter Scott’s classic tale of swash-buckling knights and romance is set to become a fourth movie as Scottish writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and director Jon S. Baird (Filth) are re-teaming for a bold new adaptation of the classic. The book is also notable for having first introduced audiences to the character of Robin Hood, known here as Locksley, and his band of merry men.

Ivanhoe’s first visit to the big screen came in 1913 with the silent adventure/drama motion picture starring King Baggot, Leah Baird, Herbert Brenon, Evelyn Hope, and Walter Craven.

In 1952 came the version probably most well known starring, Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe, Norman Wooland as King Richard (the Lionheart), Guy Rolfe as Prince John and the fierce Norman warrior Brian de Bois-Guilbert played by George Sanders. Of course the film had it’s share of beautiful maidens in Rowena (Joan Fontaine) and Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor).

A rather lacklustre version came in 1982 starring Anthony Andrews as our brave knight and Oliver Hussey as his fair maiden.

Welsh and Baird, who previously collaborated on James McAvoy-starrer Filth, are believed to have a strong new take on the source material, with Ivanhoe and his fellow returning knights suffering to different degrees from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following their ultimately failed exploits against Saladin and his successful recapturing of Jerusalem.


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