The Three Musketeers Will Return to the Big Screen Too?!
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2008
Damn you Hollywood! Millennium Films, the same production company that's bringing back Conan and Buck Rogers, just announced that The Three Musketeers is another one of their next new projects. I thought we were done with these guys in 1993 when Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt showed us just how boring they really were! Apparently Millennium is developing films with branded properties because they "have proved to be reliable draws." Shame on you Hollywood for only ever thinking about the money! Although Alexandre Dumas' novel may be a classic, there is really no need for the Three Musketeers to return to the big screen, even if Tim Curry stars again!
Millennium's Joe Gatta and Boaz Davidson, of Alien Hunter, The Wicker Man, and Day of the Dead, will produce. Although neither a writer or a director have been hired yet, Millennium has decided that the film will focus on how Athos, Porthos and Aramis first joined together. D'Artagnan, the last member of the eventual quartet, will either be introduced later in the first movie or in a sequel. Gatta explains that, "there aren't many branded properties like this out there, and it is a seller's market for the high-profile ones." He adds, "you can either build one from scratch or find the ones that are available and of interest to audiences, which we did with Conan and Buck Rogers." I'd prefer they rather build one from scratch…
Although I'm not a period piece guy, I gave The Three Musketeers from 1993 a chance when I was a kid. Unfortunately it still wasn't good and I still have no interest in period pieces. And this reboot isn't anything I'm interested in either. Sadly, I know Millennium is going to beef it up and turn it into an energetic high profile project with edge-of-your-seat swordfights and boring dialogue. How do we, as moviegoers, let these movies get made?! If you want to watch a great Alexandre Dumas film, check out The Count of Monte Cristo instead, either the 1934 or 2002 version, as both are wonderful.
Is there anyone that is actually looking forward to seeing The Three Musketeers return?
Ooh, maybe to shake things up they can make them the ones on the chocolate bar!
Ryan on Jun 11, 2008
DAMN YOU HOLLYWOOD!!!!!
Ajax on Jun 11, 2008
i definitely would like to see more swashbuckling films... we'll just have to wait and see
Andy on Jun 11, 2008
it could be good if they do it right but will see
Davor on Jun 11, 2008
Dude, I don't know what you're talking about - The Three Muskateers movie with Sutherland, Platt, and Sheen was fantastic. One of my favorite Disney movies. I agree that they shouldn't be brought back though, but for different reasons: I don't think they can top what they did in 1993, and you don't think they deserve to be on screen. Here's hoping something falls through and this never gets made.
Ben on Jun 11, 2008
I still have to see a noteworthy adaptation of the books, but I have to agree that Hollywood is not the place to look for that. On the other hand, french made 1994 "La Fille de d'Artagnan" is a classic and best musketeer movie I have ever seen. Original story continuing on the tradition of the Duma's books, the best combination of humor and action in a long time. My sincerest recommendations to anyone who hasn't seen a musketeer movie since the Disney movie mentioned above. For more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109798/
Emir on Jun 12, 2008
If Indiana Jones can come back simply because people want to cash in, then why can't some of the original action heroes do it? There still hasn't been a cool approach in making a movie adaptation. I don't know if Millennium is the right group to do that, but the material's good enough to deserve a memorable big screen version. I agree that Count of Monte Cristo was good. There's no reason to think that can't be a blueprint here. It's just amazing to me how excited people seem to get when there's a new Star Wars movie we don't need or a fourth part to a series that ended 20 years earlier with the main character riding off into the friggin' sunset...and yet this is the story that shouldn't be retold?
Colin Boyd on Jun 12, 2008
Nah chill. The best one was The Three Amigos!!! And they were fake mexicans!!! hahhaha
REAL6 on Jun 12, 2008
Oh, please. Much as I worship the water Tim Curry walks on, I'm the first to admit that the 1973 Richard Lester version of "The Three Musketeers" was a FAR better movie. You should really give it a chance before giving up on the story or the genre.
TimWarp on Jun 12, 2008
Where HAS the creativity gone? Have we entered an age of nothing but remakes/rehash's? Maybe that poster of Rocky XXIVII (estimate) in Airplane wasn't too far off.
bozo on Jun 12, 2008
Quit your whining, scholars say there's only eight stories out there afterall. Of course, all this depends on direction, writing and casting.
Chris on Jun 12, 2008
So what if they want to make another version? As long as they actually treat it as a SERIOUS production and do it PROPERLY instead of throwing some random bull together as fast as possible, it could prove to be a great film! It's an angle that hasn't been done before so why not give it a chance before slamming it? Besides the 1993 version was really bad if your a person who likes when the movie actually follows the book, unlike that version where it took a couple of scenes from the book and left out huge parts. It was a disaster! I'd rather watch the 1948 version or this mini series/chopped up movie that I found was made this year... Those looked pretty good to me
Shawnee on Jun 29, 2008
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