PART 2 OF OUTLAW KING
Outlaw King. There is good reason for that, says Mackenzie.
“Loudoun Hill was a major turning point and a kind of rehearsal for Bannockburn. But it [Bannockburn] was eight years later in a totally different timeframe. In a way, if we ever get to make the sequel, we can do that. It is enough of a story to have that one battle [Loudoun Hill] and it is intense enough on its own terms. It just felt like the right thing to do.”
Does Mackenzie think his film might change people’s views of Bruce – even just to come away from watching it knowing a little more about the story?
“It demythologises in some way and informs in another way,” he says. “You get a clearer picture of who Robert was and can maybe then read a couple of history books to get to know even more about it. We obviously can’t cover everything about him and it is a work of drama – it isn’t a work of history.”
While he alludes that the point in Bruce’s story where Outlaw King finishes gives scope for a sequel, Mackenzie is reluctant to be drawn on that. “This has been a long journey to get it this far and I’m not thinking about a sequel right now,” he chuckles. “But, obviously, the story does continue.”
Outlaw King is released globally on Netflix from Friday, with a limited cinema release