Paul W.S. Anderson to Destroy The Three Musketeers in 3D
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2009
And you thought you'd never see Paul W.S. Anderson adapting an Alexandre Dumas novel. THR's new Heat Vision blog has announced that Anderson is developing another version of The Three Musketeers, this time in 3D. He's developing with his partner Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film. My guess is this doesn't have anything to do with the Millennium Films Three Musketeers project which first hit last year. Anderson already wrote the script with Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary), whom he sought out because he needed a script "that was strong in character and romance to complement the action."
The intent is for the film to have a contemporary feel, though they're not planning on changing the period setting. “We are definitely modernizing The Three Musketeers without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece," Anderson told THR. "But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don't take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure." Wow, you've sold me! Anderson is hoping to start shooting next year with a 2011 release date in mind. I don't know about everyone else, but this just sounds awful, especially with Anderson at the helm, although they don't ever specifically say he's directing.
I'm sure everyone remembers the rather lackluster Kiefer Sutherland/Charlie Sheen Three Musketeers from 1993. I don't even want to see this Dumas story brought to the big screen again unless it's something like the epic version of Robin Hood that Ridley Scott is making (which I fear they're trying to mimic ineffectively). And with Anderson involved, and the prospect of it being in 3D, I really have no hope for this. Do you?