Paul W.S. Anderson to Destroy The Three Musketeers in 3D

September 2, 2009

The Three Musketeers

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?

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  • crumb
    man I thought this said Paul Thomas Anderson and I got really excited... then I realised i read it wrong. Bummer.
  • nelson
    how funny is it that michael bay gets praised but paul get slammed they are both in the same boat
  • Hack
    Expect Milla Jovovich to be cast in the lead role...
  • Smiley
    Is this going ahead after he's ruined The Long Good Friday? I liked Event Horizon but nothing he's done since. Saw Death Race the other day and thought the best thing about it was Natalie Martinez
  • Alex, can you explain to me why these crappy directors keep getting work??? How the hell do you 'modernize' the musketeers? That's like modernizing The Last Supper. Guhhhhhhhhhh....
  • JoJo
    He is using that Avatar 3d camera on both resident evil 4 and this movie.
  • Tra la la la la di da
    I hate to say it 'cause of Crapio, though i respect him a bit more now, I liked Man in the Iron Mask. Still, Avatar needs to fail for no other reason than that other movies stop being made 3D.
  • Fuelbot
    Movies will never stop being made in 3D. The technology is getting better and Hollywood's found something new to latch onto (ie remakes, reboots, etc). And Avatar won't fail if for no other reason than overseas markets aren't as braindead, jaded, and cynical as we are. It'll make it's cash back. And in another four years, WETA will have exploded their graphics even further.
  • Sigh
    So, I'm braindead and cynical because I didn't like the Avatar footage?
  • xtheory
    if there's a worse hack director out there other than michael baby, it has to be p.o.s. anderson. seriously, how does this talentless fuck continue getting gigs? just awful.
  • Xerxex
    JOJO how do they man? Thats a question that will never be answered. When these shitty directors keep getting the green light to make crappy movies it hurts talented up and coming want to be directors, the studios just want the money and don't give a shit about talent anymore, yeah sure there is a lot of talented filmmakers out and about but there are more terrible directors out there, then good ones.
  • Christ
    please, stop giving money to Paul WS Anderson. He should be banned from Hollywood.
  • Mega Jet Jaguar
    I really liked Resident Evil, Event Horizon, and Death Race. I think Paul did a great job on those movies. Unfortunately I am not too thrilled about another 3 Musketeers movie, no matter who is involved in directing it, so, I think I'll give it a pass.
  • Ben
    Alex I don't get you sometimes, you bag the Anderson out and yet you can't wait to see Pandorum which he is both writer of and producing.
  • Sabes
  • pipo
    He´s directing it ´cause he is also an investor...that gives him the power but not his talent!
  • DiR3ct
    You know it might not be as bad if he would stop writing stuff, because that's what he's really bad at, but who am i kidding he's a joke.
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife and NOW THIS?! Ugh....




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