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After pitch, Beacon unafraid of ‘Dark’

Pic a reworked Robin Hood

Beacon Pictures has acquired “In a Dark Wood,” a pitch from writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka. “Wood” is inspired by a book of the same name written by Michael Cadnum, also optioned by Beacon.

Producer Danie Bobker, who is producing “Blood and Chocolate” for MGM, brought the project into Beacon.

Beacon senior veep Eric Newman and veep Max Wong will oversee the project.

“Wood” is a revisionist look at the legend of Robin Hood. It takes place in Sherwood Forest a decade after the events that made the forest famous. The Sheriff of Nottingham isn’t such a bad guy after all, but bad PR and the infamy that resulted have ruined his life.

His shot at redemption comes when he uncovers a great evil that threatens the crown. To save the king, he must forge an unlikely partnership with the man to whom he owes all his misery — Robin Hood.

Newman explains his interest in the project: “The guys came in and pitched us the sheriff as an overworked cop who, by merely doing his job, became the most hated guy in the kingdom, while a common criminal became the people’s hero. We found this irresistible.”

Chabot and Peterka’s credits include “When Heroes Go Down” set up at Fox 2000; “Galileo’s Wake” set up at Fox; and “Ghosts of October” set up at DreamWorks.

The writers were repped by Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion. Stephen Moore at the Paul Kohner Co. repped the book. Bobker’s deal was handled by Deborah Klein at Bloom, Cook, Deimer & Klein. Exec VP of business affairs Paul Green negotiated Beacon’s end of the pact.

Beacon’s release slate includes “Family Man,” starring Nicolas Cage; “Cheer Fever,” starring Kirsten Dunst and directed by Peyton Reed; and “Thirteen Days,” starring Kevin Costner and helmed by Roger Donaldson.

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