Doug Liman to Direct ‘The Three Musketeers’

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the three musketeers director Doug Liman to Direct The Three Musketeers

If the idea of a big studio producing an “updated” version (in the vein of the recent Sherlock Holmes film) of Alexander Dumas’ classic adventure novel The Three Musketeers in 3D that will be helmed by a successful action genre director sounds more than a bit familiar, don’t worry, it’s not just you.

Studio heads over at Warner Brothers are currently holding negotiations with Doug Liman (director of The Bourney Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith) to direct a new version of Dumas’ tale of three French musketeers who enlist a young man named D’Artagnan in their battle against an evil cardinal.  It will be produced by Lionel Wigram (the fellow behind -gasp- this winter’s Sherlock Holmes) and scripted by Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats).

As we reported several months back, Summit Entertainment already has a very similar 3D treatment of The Three Musketeers underway, one being helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson (best known for Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator).  That project is currently in the process of casting with a tentative 2011 release date in mind.

It’s curious that Warner Bros. has waited this long to really get their own Musketeers project seriously underway.  One would think that after Sherlock Holmes grossed $62.3 million in the U.S. in its first weekend at the box office that the studio heads would’ve bought the rights to just about any 19th-century action/adventure literature they could find.  Summit had the right idea three months in advance.

Of course now there’s the question of which version filmgoers would prefer.  The one by gory-actioner Anderson?  Or one by explosive-set piece-friendly Liman?  Or do most folks think this is a lame idea in the first place?

Either way, look for Warner Brothers to fast-track the development of The Three Musketeers in the hopes of releasing it before Summit’s project gets fully underway with an early 2011 release date in mind.

Source: Heat Vision, Coming Soon

Art by Gerald Parel.

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  1. Well, this could be interesting, very interesting if it turns out properly !!

  2. Two Musketeer movies? I'll go see both!!

  3. It does sound interesting. I am curious to see how these films will turn out. I'll go watch both [depending on their trailers of course], but the Doug Liman directed one with WB sounds like it might be better just because of the production team, but again, we'll see when the trailers are released.

  4. One for all and all for 3D.

  5. Like the idea. It just wouldn't make sense to not put Depp in this.

  6. Doug Liman is a great Director. The sort of experienced Director who should also be quite capable of making a hardcore action packed super hero film. Maybe after this project.

  7. One for all and apparently 3D for all.

  8. Enough! Enough! Of this crap of rebooting or remaking great films that were just fine before. I liked the idea of redoing Robin Hood with Russel Crowe but from the trailers in looks like just another average Ridely Scott flim ( Body of Lies) and have we not just had a Musketeer movie ah about seven years ago called The Musketeer with Tim Roth and Justin Chambers, which actually was a great film. A little too soon for a reboot, even though I know they are doing it with Superman, but come on The Three Musketeers is no Superman. And I have a feeling that all these reboots and remake of older films is just jumping on the bandwagon of 3D, which leads me to asume that how great are these films really going to be, with how fast they are being made to What? Please the small 3D audience with some average 3D movie that could make a pitful 60 mil at the box office please. And I'm sorry but remaking The Three Musketeers because Sherlock Holmes made some money, but was actually just an alright film thks to RDJ. These EXCES need to stop and slow down and think about what they are doing. They are going to loose so much money when they can make alot more if they just stop with the 3D and make a film that will stand the test of time. Out of all the 3D movies ever made and will be made, Avatar will be the only movie remember for it's 3D and it's great film making. WHY? Because it was done right!!! And not just thrown together to try and make some money. James Cameron was trying to make a great film and he did. Now every studio is trying to do the same but do it very quickly Why? We as an audience want a great film to see, not something we stand up and say Ahhh! It's was alright. We want to stand and clap and cheer for more. How many of these movies will we be able to do that at? Answer one or none, Avatar was a fluke for the 3D franschise and no other movie can do the same.