SHERLOCK HOLMES Producer Lionel Wigram Raises His Sword to THE THREE MUSKETEERS

     February 11, 2010

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Producer Lionel Wigram looks to breathe new life into Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale The Three Musketeers, just as he did with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, according to Variety. Wigram, who oversaw the first three Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. as a creative executive, will naturally set the film up at WB. Wigram co-wrote and produced Guy Ritchie’s Holmes, and added key elements like Holmes’ skills in hand to hand combat, according to Variety.

For more on the possibility of a franchise and who Wigram has tabbed to sexy up the 17th century tale, hit the jump.

three_musketeers_02.jpgAttached to script is Peter Straughan, who wrote the disappointing The Men Who Stare At Goats, which was full of great idea that were never fully realized. Straughan has been given the task of making the film a bit more audience friendly, just like Wigram did.

Of course, having the young and feisty d’Artagnan training without a shirt is a possibility (all the girlies say, “Heyyy”), though we can leave the bro love undertones of Holmes at, well, home. In all seriousness, if Wigram can bring the same creative touches that he did for Holmes, this should be a welcome part of the numerous adaptations that have come before it.

Wigram also sees the reimaging as a chance for another franchise, as the hit Holmes has a sequel being fast-tracked. Dumas even helped a bit, though he never knew it, by penning two other stories following the musketeers, with Twenty Years After (immediately less appealing for the shirtless portions for everyone) and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.

No cast or director has been attached at this time, but stay tuned to see how Wigram is bringing sexy back-to the 17th century.

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