The Shire Reeve of Notting Ham
The Concept The Pitch
It occurred to me that there are a number of stories around that are based on misconceptions (sometimes even on deliberate distortions of the truth).

I've never seen the legendary story of Robin Hood told from the perspective of the supposed villain of the piece: the Sheriff (or Shire Reeve) of Nottingham.

So far this is just a pitch - I don't have enough research done to even begin a treatment - with a rough working title.

One thing I found: Nottingham was originally closer to being called Snottingham (spelled a little differently: Snotengaham).  Luckily for us, the Normans apparently dropped the leading "S".

Otherwise the people of Snot might have given us a different version of Robin Hood...

I can see the story going forward either as a comedy or a drama - both are feasible (especially with a name like Snot).

The real story of Robin Hood, as told by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The pitch/premise is now up on WriteSafe and here.

Last updated: June 2, 2002

Peter Brooks

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