Alexandre Dumas’ classic 17-century adventure The Three Musketeers is getting an update, ala Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Variety reports that Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is next taking on The Three Musketeers and has tapped screenwriter Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats) to pen the draft:
Straughan’s script will play up the action and sexier elements of the story much the same way that Wigram, who co-wrote and produced “Sherlock Holmes,” reimagined the detective (limned by Robert Downey Jr.) as a bare-knuckle boxing, martial-arts savvy sleuth.
Note that this project is in no way connected to Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers 3D, which was announced in September 2009. Last we heard from that project, filming was supposed to get underway this September.
Here’s what Anderson said about his Three Musketeers movie (in 3D) when it was announced last September:
“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.”
Producer Jeremy Bolt updated the status as early as last November when he revealed that they had hoped to begin filming in September 2010. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if both projects remain in development.