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Paul W.S. Anderson Taking On The Three Musketeers (in 3-D)

threemusketeers-090309Paul W.S Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator) is next taking on a modernized adaptation of the 1844 Alexandre Dumas tale of The Three Musketeers, with Anderson set to bring the tale to the big-screen in 3-D.

Anderson wrote the script with Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’s DiaryThe Tailor of Panama and ), whom Anderson sought out to strengthen the character and romance aspects of the script. THR’s Heat Vision blog notes that the intent is to modernize the tale without ditching the period setting:

“We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece,” said Anderson, who hopes to shoot in France and Germany. “But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”

This will not be the first big-screen adaptation of the tale, with versions going back as 1903.  More recently there have been 1948, 1973 and and a 1993 version produced by Disney and starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell.

Constantin will produce the new film, with a goal set to begin shooting next year and a 2011 release being eyed.