In the August 23 issue of Billboard, correspondent Lacey Ross reported that not only is the famous Robin Hood musical “headed for TV,” but also that the spearheading company, NBC, is developing a new twist on the term “musical.”
The article notes that “Entertainment Group has inked a deal at NBC to develop Robin Hood & Marian, as well as a project about the music business in the 1970s.” Both 10 hour “event series” are heavily musical. Robin Hood will have an original score comprised of over 60 tunes, and The 1970s has Maroon 5 rocker Adam Levine signed on as a producer.
Billboard reports that The 1970s will “feature contemporary stars rerecording ‘70s classics. Songwriters Evan ‘Kidd’ Bogart and Emanuel ‘Eman’ Kiriakou (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Demi Lovato) will collaborate on the music and RCA Records will serve as label partner.”
Adding that, “Sony TV project The 1970s will explore the decade through the eyes of music executives and artists,” quoting Boardwalk co-founder Gary Randall “’It was the beginning of the end of independent labels and the driving force transitioning into the corporate takeover of the business.’”
There has been no casting news on either project so keep your eyes peeled for updates and look for the shows coming soon!