Warner Bros. Taking 'Count of Monte Cristo' Adaptation to the Future
Recently we heard director Peter Cornwell was taking Joseph Conrad's classic novella Heart of Darkness into space, and now it sounds like another classic piece of literature will be heading into the future. Variety reports Warner Bros. has picked up a script from Ian Shorr (Splinter) called Cristo, which takes Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo into a futuristic setting. I guess taking old stories and setting them in space or the future is the cool thing to do now. The project doesn't yet have a director, but the studio has already sent the screenplay out around town to find one sooner than later.
We're not sure how the futuristic setting will shake up the story, but the original 1844 book follows a young man who's unlawfully sentenced to an infamous island prison and escapes, then transforms himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo and systematically destroys the men who manipulated and enslaved him. Like any classic hero, there's plenty of swordplay and such, but with the futuristic setting, I wonder if it will be traded in for high-tech weaponry, or some kind of lightsaber-esque sword even. This project is just starting development so stay tuned as more information becomes available.