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Warner Bros. Taking 'Count of Monte Cristo' Adaptation to the Future

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June 30, 2011
Source: Variety

Count of Monte Cristo

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.

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  • bennnn
    guy pearce and jim caviezel ripped this shit up. re-cast them!? plus lightsabers. and aliens... ? yeahhhhollywooderp
  • Marc Bellmunt
    Gankutsuou!
    • Anonymous
      Outstanding series!
  • Lamar
    Its gonna be hard to top the the one with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. LOL, and the Japanese already did a new spin on it with Gankutsuou. Thanks Marc, thought I was gonna be the only person who knew about that.
    • Anonymous
      Nope, you're not the only one, Lamar--I thought the same thing.  But...GANKUTSUOU isn't exactly the "futuristic version" of TCOMC.  Alfred Bester's classic SF novel THE STARS, MY DESTINATION was strongly influenced by TCOMC, with Bester going so far as to say that he wanted to try a different take on the classic Dumas tale. The funny thing is that the makers of GANKUTSUOU wanted to do an anime based on TSMD, but were not able to get the rights, so they decided to go right back to the source novel, which was TCOMC!
  • Angeredmob
    I also immediately thought of Gankutsuou when I saw the headline.
  • Meat
    Ugh way to ruin an awesome book.  So far hollywood has failed to make a good movie based on this book.  Sure the Pearce/Caviezel movie was good but it was "loosely" based on the book if anything.  The real story was a lot darker and intelligent.

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