Exclusive: Director Paul W.S. Anderson Talks THE THREE MUSKETEERS; Reveals He’d Like to Direct CINDERELLA III: A TWIST IN TIME

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Paul W.S. Anderson THE THREE MUSKETEERS interview slice

With director Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers opening today, Summit Entertainment held a big press junket in London and I got the chance to head across the pond to interview the cast and Anderson.  Based on Alexandre Dumas’ classic story, The Three Musketeers stars Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfayden, Gabriella Wilde and Mads Mikkelsen.  In the reboot, “the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (MacFadyen, Evans and Stevenson). They must stop the evil Richlieu (Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Jovovich).”  For more on the film, here’s eight clips.

During my exclusive interview with Anderson, he talked about how he got involved in the project, how quickly it came together, the difficulty of filming in historically significant locations, deleted scenes, filming with the Arri ALEXA camera, editing and post-production.  In addition, now that he has a young daughter, he revealed that he’s seen Cinderella III: A Twist in Time “50 or 60 times” and “if anyone from Disney is listening I’d love to do it.  I’m not kidding.  It’s a straight to DVD movie.  It’s a retelling of the Cinderella story.  It’s amazing.”  So who knows, perhaps after Resident Evil: Retribution, we could see Anderson making a kids film.  Hit the jump for the interview.

For more with Anderson, here’s our conversation on Resident Evil: Retribution and here’s what he said about Pompeii.

And here’s my video interviews with Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman & Gabriella Wilde, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson and Matthew Macfayden, and Orlando Bloom.

Paul WS Anderson Time Index

  • :20 Talks about being in London with his family.
  • 1:06 Making films that his family can enjoy.  Reveals he’s seen Cinderella III: A Twist in Time about 50 times and he’d love to direct it.  Says “if anyone from Disney is listening I’d love to do it.  I’m not kidding.  It’s a straight to DVD movie.  It’s a retelling of the Cinderella story.  It’s amazing.  I’ve seen it 50 or 60 times.  I might be crazed actually.  Maybe that’s it.”
  • 2:22 How did he get involved with the project?
  • 4:07 Talks about how quickly the project came together and went into production.
  • 4:51 Talks about the shooting locations and the difficulty at filming in historically significant structures.
  • 7:43 The post-production process. Talks about what he learned from Resident Evil: Afterlife about using 3D.
  • 8:57 Deleted scenes. Says there wasn’t very much that they ended up cutting from the film. Talks about the strength of the screenplay.
  • 10:33 Talks about the cameras they used on the film. They were using the Arri ALEXA, but had to adapt the shooting style for the precarious shooting locations.
  • 12:21 Talks about the RED Epic cameras and how he’s using them on the new Resident Evil film.


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  • Aubrey Taylor

    The Musketeers movies have been done to death and have become increasingly repetitious and monotonous. How many times have they made this same movie already? It’s the same story, just with different actors.

  • Norm

    its gonna bomb-bad reviews and ZERO interest-that genre needs to be left alone for a few years

  • Strong Enough

    lemme guess ur gonna put ur wife as cinderella eh? God your a horrible director

  • Stygian Scribe

    This is not a “reboot.” You can’t reboot an adaptation from a book. Other than Richard Lester’s films from the ’70′s, which split the story into two parts, “The Three Musketeers” is not a series, so it can’t be rebooted. This is simply a different take (adding steam punk weaponry and bullet-time stunts) on the classic story. I wish people would stop throwing around the word “reboot” anytime there’s a remake.

  • michael

    Paul W.S. Anderson is a damn hack!I could shit out a better film!

  • Neo

    My god! I don’t know who’s dumber – people who actually pay to see his films, or people giving him money to produce films.
    Absolutely one of the most terrible directors out there. In class with Uwe Boll.

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