Paul W.S. Anderson is bringing Alexandre Dumas’ famous story of the Three Musketeers (actually four, but whose counting) to the big screen once again, this time in glorious 3D because in Hollywood like in the jungles, monkey see, monkey do. Anderson will produce the film, and has co-written the script with Andrew Davies (“The Tailor of Panama”) with an eye toward a 2011 release. The 1844 Dumas story follows d’Artagnan, a young man who joins the Musketeers and its three most legendary members, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Together, they fight for France and tavern wenches, but mostly for the wenches.
Anderson tells THR’s Heat Vision Blog:
“We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece. But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”
Hollywood has tackled the tale twice in recent years: the star-studded 1993 movie “The Three Musketeers”, which starred Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell (“star-studded” by 1993 standards, that is). More recently, there was 2001’s “The Musketeer”, starring Justin Chambers. The second film is only notable for being one of the first Western movies to utilize Hong Kong-style action choreography, courtesy of Xin Xin Xiong.
Anderson says he hopes to start shooting by early next year on location in France and Germany. And oh, did I mention they’re going the 3D route? Cause, you know, that’s what the kids are into nowadays.