Guy Ritchie Attached to Helm WB's Latest 'Treasure Island' Adaptation
After having so much success bringing the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes back to the big screen with Robert Downey Jr., Warner Bros is keen on having director Guy Ritchie bring some more classic literature to the big screen. Deadline reports Ritchie is now attached to helm a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate adventure Treasure Island with Alex Harakis writing the script as his first feature film screenplay. Ritchie will also produce the film with his production partner Lionel Wigram and Kevin McCormick at Langley Park. Apparently Wigram has been developing the project for awhile now.
In fact, the project was put into action before he even partnered up with Ritchie, and it looks to be another stylized take on the classic tale about a treasure map, a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure as seen through the eyes of cabin boy Jim Hawkins. Now honestly, Ritchie's got the right style to bring this contemporary audiences in a new way, but I think we all know that there's no topping Muppet Treasure Island. It's just not in the cards. As of now it's not clear how soon this might get off the ground since Ritchie is also working with Warner Bros. on the adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. after Steven Soderbergh left the director's chair. Stay tuned.