THE FUGITIVE Director Andrew Davis Planning a Modern Retelling of TREASURE ISLAND

     September 3, 2013

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There is a glut of public-domain adaptations in the Hollywood pipelines, but The Fugitive director Andrew Davis has one that might be worth keeping an eye on.  While doing press for The Fugitive‘s 20th anniversary Blu-ray release, Davis told CraveOnline, “I’m currently putting together a modern version of Treasure Island set in post Katrina Louisiana called Thieves Fortune.”  For those unfamiliar with the plot of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s 1883 novel, it centers on Jim Hawkins and a collection of odd characters, and their search for buried treasure on the eponymous island.  It’s perhaps the most famous of all pirate stories, and has received seventeen film adaptations, with the first adaptation being a silent film in 1918.  Over a year ago, we reported that Warner Bros. was planning a new adaptation with Guy Ritchie at the helm, but the project has been silent since then.

Hit the jump for more on Thieves Fortune.

Davis’ tells CraveOnline his take is about “the treasure of Jean LaFitte, and I think it could be a really interesting, fun movie that could be about something and still be very entertaining.”  The director also says his movie would continue his movie away from his violent films such as Under Siege and Collateral Damage and towards his recent films, Holes and The Guardian.  “I don’t want to make a film where violence is the entertainment,” says Davis. “I had a great time with Holes. I’m interested in doing family movies or four quadrant movies that are based upon quality literature or books.”  Davis and Midnight Run writer George Gallo are currently working on the script.

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