Paul W.S. Anderson, the always-busy producer/director best-known for the “Resident Evil” series, is producing a reimagining of that staple of 19th century literature – Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”. Will Anderson’s D’Artagnan carry his own dismembered head into battle? And just how will his “Musketeers” be different from the scores of adaptations that have come before it? Hit the jump to find out.
So, we’re all familiar with the tale of “The Three Musketeers”, right? The novel, about three members of the elite troop of guards tasked with protecting the French throne, is not exactly a stranger to American movie screens. In fact it seems that, every 20 years or so, someone in Hollywood gets the bright idea to reboot the concept – which means that Paul WS Anderson is slightly ahead of schedule as “The Musketeer” was released back in 2001.
There are also films like “The Man in the Iron Mask” that feature the Dumas characters and countless other works which pay homage to the Musketeer credo of “All for one and one for all!”… My point being that announcing that you are developing a new version of “The Three Musketeers” doesn’t exactly put you in elite company.
That being said, Anderson does plan to “modernize” the tale of the dashing young D’Artagnan by filming the action for 3D theatres. So get ready for headache-inducing swordplay to literally fly off the screen sometime within the next couple of years.
Here’s more of what Anderson told THR’s Heat Vision Blog about his “Three Musketeers”:
“We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece… in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”
Because that was what all the other versions of the film were lacking! – action, romance and adventure.
Anderson co-wrote the script for “Musketeers” with his friend Andrew Davies of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” fame. For the time being Anderson is serving only as a producer on the project – which is eyeing a 2010 start date and a release sometime in 2011. When Anderson and the other parties involved – Jeremy Bolt of Impact Pictures and Robert Kulzer of Constantin Films – settle on a director we will be sure to let you know.