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Update: Another Three Musketeers film

TheThreeMusketeers.jpgWe've heard that there's going to be a Three Musketeers film in 3D from Paul W.S. Anderson, and thankfully it went very quiet from that production, unfortunately it's still happening, but the good news is that there's another one coming, that hopefully won't be in 3D, and won't be by Anderson.

Lionel Wigram is the “screen story” writer for Sherlock Holmes and a producer on it and a couple of Harry Potter films, is behind a new production of the classic The Three Musketeers from the Alexandre Dumas novel.

Peter Straughan, who wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Debt, and Bridget O'Connor are the two who have been brought in to write the script for the film, and they have their orders.

The worrying thing is that the Variety article through Coming Soon suggests that it is to “get the Sherlock Holmes treatment”, so what does that mean? Well the article then goes on to say that the story is to be updated to appeal to the “young, contemporary auds” - that means audience in English I believe.

Undoubtedly the best version has been the 1973 The Three Musketeers directed by Richard Lester which starred Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean-Pierre Cassel (yes, Vincent's Dad), Faye Dunaway, Charlton Heston, Joss Ackland, Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear, Simon Ward, Sybil Danning a host of stars that I'm not going to bother my fingers with trying to type out!

There's also hot material for a trilogy, since Dumas wrote three novels, and that's something that came off the back of the excellent Richard Lester film.

I just hope they don't update it too much and miss the great adventure of the film. Lester's version really did capture that wonderfully and when I see one of those films on television there's not a chance I don't take to see them. Will it end up like that? I doubt it.

Update: Doug Liman has been tasked with directing the film according to Variety.



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