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An Interview with Oliver Krekel, Director of Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2012

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Your upcoming film Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood - in a few words, what is it about?


Robin Hood and his Merry Men are living a very happy life in Sherwood Forest and enjoy all kinds of adventures against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Tom Savini) ... till a bad decision of magic steers the lives of Robin Hood, Lady Marian (Ramona Kuen) and Little John (Kane Hodder) into a completely wrong direction.


Why Robin Hood, and what convinced you that this story would be a good foundation for a horror movie? And how did the whole project come into being in the first place?


Ghosts of Sherwood came into my mind when directing a regular Robin Hood-stageplay in my region. Maybe I watched too many horrormovies by this time, but I just started to follow the question "what might happen if this brave hero becomes an evil creature suddenly?" Sometimes a good story starts just grows from an insignificant little question.


How close does Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood remain to the actual Robin Hood-legend? And do you pay hommage (in whatever way) to past adaptations of the story? And while we're at it, your favourite Robin Hood-movies?


As you can imagine, our story will not be very close to past adaptions. Do we really need another adaption of Robin Hood? No, what we need is a good mixture of wellknown characters being placed in a completely new context. 

My favorite Robin Hood-movie? Hm, there are many good adaptions out there so I don’t have really a favourite.


Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood was shot in 3D - what can you tell us about your experiences with the technology as a filmmaker, and how would you describe your movie's 3D-experience for the viewers?


Shooting in 3D is a complete different kind of work from shooting in 2D. First of all we had to learn following specific laws of 3D filmmaking, next we had to learn choosing locations supporting 3D's advantages. Experiencing filmmaking in 3D was a completely new challenge for me, a great adventure in a new dimension, but most of all: much fun. We decided to shoot in 3D because thanks to 3D we have the possibility of giving the audiences the feeling to be closer to the movie. Thanks to 3D-technology audiences feel like being part of the movie by seeing all kinds of scenes directly in front of them. The depth of 3D simulates a real surrounding to the audiences. In 2D versions you watch a movie, in a 3D version you feel like being an observer of a currently happening situation.


How far will Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood go in terms of violence and gore?


We have some gore, but it’s not a slaughterparty J.


A few words about your leads, Martin Thon as Robin Hood and Ramona Kuen as Maid Marian?


Both are very talented newcomers who lend their famous characters very unique and special personalitues. Of course, they studied tons of Robin Hood-films before production, but both of them decided to create a very special so far unknown character-interpretation, and I appreciated very much that they took the chance to deliver very unique and personal interpretations of their characters.


Your film also features horror legends Tom Savini as Sheriff of Nottingham and Kane Hodder as Little John. How did you get them to join your project, and what was it like working with them?


Tom and I were talking about doing a film together for about 10 years already and when I decided to produce Ghosts of Sherwood, I asked him if he'd be interested in playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. Of course he was and accepted immediately.

Kane was very intrigued by the character of Little John as well and arranged everything to be able to be with us at the set.

Later they told us that we were the first production company in the world who hired both of them to act together in a movie. Seriously, they met each other in several Friday the 13th productions but never stood in front of camera together. So you can imagine both of them had much fun acting against each other in character and joking around together behind the scenes. Working together with such horrorlegends was just a very great honour for me and I can't thank them enough for giving me such an opportunity. When Tom gets into his character you can feel a huge magical presence around him. More than once I stood there totally speechless in front of Tom after a scene because the way he formed his character was even better than I could have ever dreamed of. And Kane was just a big giant rock in open water. He is an amazing actor who works very focused on his character as well. With every single scene you can feel his vast experience in the filmbusiness.You know, it felt like they were born to be these legendary characters.


A few words about the rest of your cast and crew?


Simply fantastic and outstanding! Thank you so much guys for all your great ambitious engagement and support in service of doing this production. Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood would be nothing with out you!!!


As far as I'm informed, Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood is currently also turned into a comicbook. What can you tell us about that project?


Yeah, we decided to release a comicbook along with the movie. The comic is based on the film's plot and will be realeased in English and in German and maybe other languages.


The $64 question of course: When and where will the film be released, tentatively?


Good question – next question please? Hahaha. We can´t say anything about a US-start at the moment because that's a decision of our US-distributor, but in Germany we plan to hit the theatres in fall 2012. If everything works out in our favour, we plan to celebrate the international releaseparty in Cannes in May 2012.


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There are several interesting projects arriving at our studio at the moment. Just yesterday a Hollywood director asked us for 3D-support for his upcoming film project, but as long as no contracts are signed, I'm just open for everything the future has in mind for me.


Most of the films you are involved with either as director, producer or distributor are somehow horror-related. Is horror a genre especially dear to you, and why?


Well, Metal Man wasn´t horror-related at all - but okay, yes, I'm a big horrorfan and focussed my business skills mostly on horrorfilm releases as well. I love to get frightened to death in good horrormovies, and of course I love this special kind of genre very much, but I would never just focus on horrorfilms as a director. Maybe my next movie will be an actionmovie.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


George Romero, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, to name just a few.


Your favourite movies?


You will laugh... Dragonheart J, Titanic, good action stuff and Star Trek TOS J.


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