Bad news first. But, keep reading on. There is good news too!
There has been a delay to the upcoming audio box-set. Sorry.
We initially had all scripts cleared by ITV and some great guest casting in place but we decided that we’d like to reverse a few early creative decisions. That’s not unusual with this kind of project (essentially, I re-booted the Robin of Sherwood: The Knights of the Apocalypse project when I teamed up with Spiteful Puppet to finish it with me) and it’s really not something to worry about. You don’t usually hear of them but, because I like being very open with fans, we felt we needed to keep you informed.
This wasn’t an easy decision but, with the full support of ITV, Kip’s Estate and the cast themselves, we’ve adjusted our time-frame. So while you’ve been patiently waiting for news of an Autumn release, we’ve been feverishly working on new critical timelines for approvals, schedules and recording dates.
With a few months of post-production and sound design to do after the voice recording sessions, the new adventures box-set is now likely to be available in Spring/Summer of 2018, around the time of ‘The Hooded Man III’ Robin of Sherwood convention.
But, never fear. We hate letting fans down, so here’s the very good news…
In the next couple of months, there ARE going to be a few special Robin of Sherwood audio releases!
These will be in the form of enhanced audiobooks.
In these audiobooks, members of the main cast will read brand new stories, enhanced with sound effects and a musical score. One of these stories will be given away FREE to all those who have pre-ordered the full-cast box-set up until this point.
Each story will be approximately 45 minutes and will retail, for download, at £4.99 each. There are several stories in pre-production, and there may even be a Christmas special if we can manage it. As ever, things are subject to change, but we’ve had clearance from ITV and all is on track.
What’s an enhanced audiobook? For an example, here’s a link to the style that these audios will take (although this is a long-form poem). It features a narrator, a performer, soundscape and music; though this example is a lot shorter than the Robin of Sherwood stories will be, it gives you an idea of what to expect.
As ever, please always ask us directly if you have any questions and don’t listen to those that assume they know what’s going on but who really don’t. Nothing’s forgotten…