Doug Liman Calls Dibs on Warner’s Three Musketeers

Not to be confused with that other “Three Musketeers” 3D movie that Paul W.S. Anderson is currently developing for Summit Entertainment, Doug Liman has started contract negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ own version of Frenchie Alexandre Dumas’s merry tale of heroism, derring do, and swordplay. It, too, will also be 3D, but then again you probably already knew that given Warner’s current crack-like addiction to all things 3D.

THR has “Sherlock Holmes” producer Lionel Wigram onboard to shepherd the project for Warner. The film will once again follow the familiar exploits of young musketeer D’Artagnan as he joins forces with the legendary three musketeer triumvirate of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis in order to stop the villainous Cardinal Richelieu from doing, you know, villainous stuff.

Liman, who is probably best known for directing “The Bourne Identity” before handing the franchise over to Paul Greengrass and his shaky cam, is also the director of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Jumper”. Basically, dude knows how to shoot action, though I’m not sure if he can top Peter Hyams’s ridiculously over-the-top 2001 version, “The Musketeer”, which at times looked more like a Chinese wuxia flick. In any case, Liman beat out “The Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel for the gig, and he recently wrapped the sure-to-be-ignored-by-the-masses Valerie Plame biopic “Fair Game”.