The Three Musketeers Will Return to the Big Screen Too?!
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2008
Damn you Hollywood! Millennium Films, the same production company that's bringing back Conan and Buck Rogers, just announced that The Three Musketeers is another one of their next new projects. I thought we were done with these guys in 1993 when Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt showed us just how boring they really were! Apparently Millennium is developing films with branded properties because they "have proved to be reliable draws." Shame on you Hollywood for only ever thinking about the money! Although Alexandre Dumas' novel may be a classic, there is really no need for the Three Musketeers to return to the big screen, even if Tim Curry stars again!
Millennium's Joe Gatta and Boaz Davidson, of Alien Hunter, The Wicker Man, and Day of the Dead, will produce. Although neither a writer or a director have been hired yet, Millennium has decided that the film will focus on how Athos, Porthos and Aramis first joined together. D'Artagnan, the last member of the eventual quartet, will either be introduced later in the first movie or in a sequel. Gatta explains that, "there aren't many branded properties like this out there, and it is a seller's market for the high-profile ones." He adds, "you can either build one from scratch or find the ones that are available and of interest to audiences, which we did with Conan and Buck Rogers." I'd prefer they rather build one from scratch…
Although I'm not a period piece guy, I gave The Three Musketeers from 1993 a chance when I was a kid. Unfortunately it still wasn't good and I still have no interest in period pieces. And this reboot isn't anything I'm interested in either. Sadly, I know Millennium is going to beef it up and turn it into an energetic high profile project with edge-of-your-seat swordfights and boring dialogue. How do we, as moviegoers, let these movies get made?! If you want to watch a great Alexandre Dumas film, check out The Count of Monte Cristo instead, either the 1934 or 2002 version, as both are wonderful.
Is there anyone that is actually looking forward to seeing The Three Musketeers return?