Dominick Fairbanks Looking to Remake 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'
The next generation from Hollywood royals Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks Jr is continuing his family's legacy in entertainment with a new production banner across the Atlantic in the UK. Dominick Fairbanks (above) is kicking things off in a big way as THR says the company is working on a $120 million adaptation of Baroness Orczy's classic novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. Doesn't sound like the makings of a successful big budget film? Well, executive producer James Black says, "We want to try and do to the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel what Guy Ritchie did to Sherlock Holmes" at Warner Bros. Yeah, that explains it.
The classic story is set during the French Revolution, when a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (which is also a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristocrats from the jaws of the guillotine, while otherwise posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in regular society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, whilst also taking part in the underground effort to free French nobles from Robespierre's Reign of Terror. It's clear how this could be adapted for contemporary audiences in the same vein of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes.
Writer/director Michael Armstrong is aboard Fairbanks Productions as head of creative development, but it's not clear who will write and direct this re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. However, Black did reveal that up and coming British actor Neil Jackson (Push, Quantum of Solace) will star in the film which is of the utmost priority for the new banner. Apparently a whole slate of productions will be unveiled early next year. Sounds like this could be a very fruitful endeavor from a long line of historical figures in Hollywood. We'll keep you posted on their upcoming projects as information becomes available. Anyone interested?