By: John M Jerva
It’s been a long and challenging road for actor, filmmaker and martial arts pro Paul Allica (The Trigonal) but his passion project that he’s been working on so hard for the last several years is finally going to see the light of day. Perseverance is definitely a word in Allica’s vocabulary as he literally went homeless while filming the movie and was instrumental in every facet of the film including co-writing, producing and directing the indie actioner. Allica is finally locked and loaded with his trusty bow and arrows in the new medieval action film The Siege of Robin Hood which infuses extreme martial arts action into the mix and will deliver something fans have never seen before in terms of action choreography in a Robin Hood flick. We finally have our first look footage for you in the form of a brand-new trailer along with key art and official images that just dropped tonight to feast your eyes on below! It’s just a tease, but it’s enough to get you psyched!
For those of you who don’t know, The Siege of Robin Hood is a new take which incorporates Hong Kong style fight action into the mix. The story of Robin Hood has been told many times on screen and this one promises to be the most high octane interpretation yet. This version sees a vengeance seeking Robin going after the Sheriff of Nottingham after his sister is brutally murdered.
Allica is, of course, joined by some top tier talent for the supporting cast and they include John Fallon as The Sergeant, Kahli Williams as Freyda, Peter Roordink as Little John, Dave Beamish as Lancelot, David Macrae as The Sheriff of Nottingham, and Tom McCathie as Merlin.
This has been one huge passion project for Allica who not only stars as Robin, but he directed the movie and also penned the screenplay along with Don Macnab-Stark. This particular film is one that I’ve been following since it first came about and am looking forward to seeing it. The movie has been in the making for years now, but the finish line is finally in sight as it hits this June via Saban Films.
I had the distinct honor in interviewing Allica back in 2018 for the project and we talked extensively about it and of course talked about what kind of Robin Hood we can expect from Allica’s performance:
“A lot of the Robin Hoods of the past have been camp and silly and our take is 180 degrees sideways to that.
This Robin certainly is charming and silly, a bit of a practical joker at the start of the film but as soon as personal tragedy hits, he becomes like a dark wraith. I drew a lot of inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. The dark figure lurking in the shadows. Robin’s redemption is brought forth from his team – they bring him back from the brink of revenge and I can say there is a happy ending.
This film is a heck of a lot of fun. We have really strong action and a lot of laughs. This will be a great family film that appeals to older fans of Robin Hood, and younger fans that just want something fun and lighthearted.”
Allica also talked about the action and the Hong Kong flair that’ll have which will give the set pieces an added kick to its action set pieces:
“The action in The Siege of Robin Hood is world class. No smoke or bullshit. Seriously amazing. The team pulled off an engaging laugh out loud marketplace chase scene and an epic finale that wouldn’t look out of place in a Jackie Chan film!
Having said that, this isn’t a retread. We’ve really found our own style and having unique fighting styles for each character helps break it up so it‘s not just rehashing the same gags.
We also have a full medieval joust with hundreds of cheering background actors screaming and booing at each pass.
I promise you the action in this film is second to none and you won’t be disappointed.”
For the complete interview with Paul Allica, click the link here!
Allica has been working on the movie for several years now and I have followed it ever since establishing, my website back in 2015 so I cannot wait to finally see the finished project. We only get a brief tease of what to expect from the action set pieces and that just makes me want to see it more. I have no doubt that the arrows, swords, fists and feet will fly with this one and it will redefine the legend of Robin Hood for a whole new generation. If anything, the mask Robin wears when he goes into battle is quite simply bad ass.