Warner Bros. in negotiations with Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) to helm their likely-in-3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Heat Vision reports that the studio is in a race with Summit Entertainment who is also adapting the Alexandre Dumas’ novel with Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race) and the intent to make 3D. While the motto of the Musketeers is “All for one, and one for all,” studios approach each other with “I will take my rapier and murder the hell out of your movie.” Anderson’s adaptation is already at the casting stage but Liman has the advantage because he’s actually made good movies in the past.
For those unfamiliar with the 1884 novel, the story follows three veteran musketeers who team with a young man named D’Artagnan to stop a plot by the traitorous Cardinal Reichlieu. Screenwriter Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats) wrote the screenplay. Producer Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes) will contribute to the “re-imaging” of the tale.
Liman recently wrapped production on Fair Game, which is based on the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame as a means of political retribution by the Bush administration against her husband Joseph Wilson. The film stars Naomi Watts as Plame and Sean Penn as Wilson and is scheduled to hit theaters sometime this year.