The Three Musketeers To Get ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Treatment

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

the three musketeers The Three Musketeers To Get Sherlock Holmes Treatment

Just like he did with the legacy of detective Sherlock Holmes, producer Lionel Wigram will bring to us a new version of The Three Musketeers. A screenwriter for the project has already been found in the form of Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats) with aims to update the tale for “young and contemporary audiences” (logically).

Variety reports that The Three Musketeers has been set up at Warner Bros. and ironically enough Wigram was once a WB exec who helped oversee the first three Harry Potter movies and now has a first-look deal with the studio. In the same fashion as the new Sherlock Holmes (which Wigram co-wrote and produced), this version of the Musketeers will play up the sexier and action-packed elements of the story.

Wigram sees franchise potential in The Three Musketeers, another thing it has in common with the newest Sherlock Holmes (Holmes 2 is set to start shooting soon ). There are three books written by Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragalonne – which are collectively known as The D’Artagnan Romances. With so many adaptations over the years, it almost seems time for a modern version, no?

In case a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers is sounding a bit familiar to you, that’s because last year we reported on the news that Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, Resident Evil) is also going to be helming a “modernized” 3D Musketeers. And then there’s another adaptation – also just being referred to as The Three Musketeers – which we heard word of before the Anderson one and haven’t heard about since.

Last year the Dumas written tale entered into the public domain and evidently it’s highly in demand…

I’m behind this particular Three Musketeers project more than I am the Anderson one, simply because I don’t like that Anderson’s film is being done in 3D. To me Three Musketeers just isn’t suited to the technology and only appears to be getting made in that form because every other movie is. I’ll need to wait and see who they get as the director and stars for this adaptation (there’s currently no word on either) before I judge it too much either way. But the writer of The Men Who Stare At Goats is a fine choice for a screenwriter and Wigram certainly brought Sherlock Holmes to modern audiences in a successful way. Time will tell if he can also do the same for the trio of famous Musketeers.

What do you think of The Three Musketeers getting the “Sherlock Holmes treatment?” Are you surprised there’s so much interest in the story with three adaptations currently in the works? Who would you like to see direct and star in the movie?

Source: Variety

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  1. The fact that this is being written by the screenwriter of The Men Who Stare at Goats pretty much kills any potential interest I could have in this film.

  2. I loved Men Who Stare At Goats, it had good writing. Maybe it'll transfer over to this movie. A 3D Three Muskateers? Now, that doesn't sound good. I would prefer not to have an imaginary sword poked at my face.

  3. “I would prefer not to have an imaginary sword poked at my face.”

    That's what she said.

    Sorry. Couldn't resist.

  4. I had an epiphany reading the title to this article: I now understand Hollywood's infatuation with reboots/redos/re-imaginations/reimaging: to take an old franchise or semi-retired character and redo it along the lines of someone else's successful interpretation of an unrelated franchise. Hence why we have the “sherlock holmes” way instead of the “batman begins” way with this movie.

    I have seen the light…

  5. Lol. No worries, that was hilarious.

  6. I'm not really a fan of the three musketeers, it was 1 of the very few classics that I never liked and never will, don't see why would a remake change that.

  7. “Action” and “sexy” are in fair abundance in the two classic Musketeers of the 70's: The Three Musketeers and its sequel, The Four Musketeers. Richard Lester captured the essence of the characters and the actors delivered with classic performances. For an update, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom come to mind. Maybe Benicio Del Toro as Athos. It will be hard to top Michael York and Oliver Reed, imo.

  8. “The 3D Musketeers”

    No I like this idea though haha not the 3D but the action-packed sexiness sounds good

  9. anyone remember the musketeer?

  10. anyone remember the musketeer?

  11. I have pretty much learned to not base the expectations of a film based on a director or writers previous works, afterall who would have thought that Peter Jackson would have done such a good job with Lord of the Rings based on what he had done before, or an even better example the new Batman trilogy under Nolan? However, after seeing the trailer for the first movie out of the box I think it’s a Godawful adaptation. The license that producers are taking with many older and more modern established stories is really showing a lack of respect for the audiences of todays ability to be entertained by being told a story.
    The sad thing is, even if the subsequent 3M projects are very good, the audiences may be too jaded to give them a chance after this one hits the theaters.