Hollywood is an odd town where sometimes the most obscure ideas suddenly become hot properties with two or more studios racing to produce films with similar if not identical concepts. The latest iteration of this phenomenon is The Three Musketeers with competing projects from Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) at Summit and Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) at Warner Brothers.
While Liman’s film appears to have stalled for now, Anderson’s 3D variation on the classic Alexandre Dumas tale is moving forward with a 2011 release date. Read on for your first look at the logo and a quick recap of the project’s status. Hit the jump to see the image in high-resolution.
Here is the new logo for The Three Musketeers and it looks pretty much exactly like you would expect. The vaguely archaic typeface implies a reasonably faithful adaptation, as opposed to the wire-fu fueled Peter Hyams (2010) take from 2001.
As with Anderson’s next film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, The Three Musketeers will shoot with 3D cameras instead of using the dreadful post-conversion process that has already begun to sour the market for 3D products.
Though Anderson is often treated as a pariah in the geek community he is one of the few genre filmmakers to consistently convince studios to release films with an R-rating, and I happen to enjoy some of work. Even those who generally avoid him might be interested in this new film, if only because of its’ truly cool cast including Christoph Waltz, Mads Mikkelsen, and Mrs. Anderson herself, Milla Jovovich.
Also in the plus column for this feature is the fact that it will be shot using the Pace camera system that James Cameron employed on Avatar.
For those unfamiliar with Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel, it follows the adventures D’Artagnan as he attempts to become a musketeer.