"Rob from the rich to give to the poor" has been Robin Hood's philosophy since the 15th century. But leave it to Kevin Costner, the star of our time's seminal Robin Hood retelling, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, to rewrite history. As Costner sees it, Robin Hood has been robbing the rich to give to the rich.
On Tuesday, Costner filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves production company Morgan Creek Productions. Costner is filing complaints for breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, and unjust enrichment. In layman's terms, Costner believes Morgan Creek has been withholding the movie's profits from him and he's seeking retribution.
The lawsuit, prepared by Costner's attorneys Martin Singer and Michael Holtz of Lavely & Singer, begins with a strongly-worded cautionary tale. "Every actor hopes to star in a great movie that makes substantial profits," it begins. "But if you're hoping to earn profits on the success of your film and want to be paid on a timely basis, then one company you certainly do not want to do business with is Defendant Morgan Creek Productions, Inc."
The suit continues, "Mr Costner did as he promised – he starred in and promoted the Picture, helping it to become a huge success that earned Morgan Creek substantial profits. But when it came time for Morgan Creek to do as they promised and share those profits, they delayed, obfuscated, concealed and reneged." Sounds like Costner and his attorneys mean business.
The most burning question regarding Costner's suit, however, is not whether he will get his money back or even if he is owed profits at all. Instead, we're all wondering why he wants to remind people that Prince of Thieves exists. For your viewing pleasure, below is a scene from the film, and also, here's the video for that Bryan Adams song.