Two Different 'Three Musketeers' Films, Two Directors for One
Hollywood is known for competing projects like Deep Impact and Armageddon, but it takes a lot to actually get a movie into production, from directors to writers and a cast. The latest set of dueling projects are both adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' classic story of The Three Musketeers. One of the adaptations is being developed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race) in 3D and was just bought by Summit. The other, in development at Warner Brothers with Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram working as the frontrunner, is close to attaching one of two directors (according to the LA Times). So which two are they?
One director WB is looking at is David Frankel, who directed a few "Sex and the City" episodes before directing The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. He definitely doesn't seem like the right fit, but I guess they don't have much of a choice. Or do they? The second director they're considering is Doug Liman, who fits this project much better. Liman last directed Jumper as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, Go, and Swingers before that. They don't say which one the studio is leaning towards, but if I can put in my $.02, I'd say go with Liman, he has much more action experience and I feel like he'll do a much better job.
As for the "other" Three Musketeers project, the one that Paul W.S. Anderson is making in 3D (if that doesn't make you shudder, I don't know what will), it's still in the scripting stage but is progressing quickly with that sale to Summit. It's an independently financed project, but Summit will be distributing in the US. Deadline says it will be shot in "real 3-D" (not converted in post) in Babelsberg Studios in Germany, and on location in France. They've already set a late summer start but haven't cast anyone yet (since Taylor Lautner passed). The version that Wigram is developing, obviously, will be stylized to look like Sherlock Holmes. I'll be curious to see what happens if Anderson beats WB to the punch. Which version do you want to see?