New ‘Treasure Island’ Movie In The Works

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

Treasure Island header New Treasure Island Movie In The Works

There may have already been 16 film versions, 10 TV versions, 5 theater versions and 1 radio version (that are notable, anyway) but that hasn’t stopped one UK-based studio from prepping yet another adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel, Treasure Island.

Variety is reporting that Ecosse Films is developing another feature film adaptation of Treasure Island, with studio toppers Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein wanting to update the 19th century tale of pirates and buried treasure for contemporary audiences. This may sound a bit familiar and that’s because we recently reported on a similar thing being done to another classic swashbuckling tale, The Three Musketeers.

It appears the revamping of Sherlock Holmes has spurred studios and producers on to updating just about every classic piece of literature out there for modern audiences…

The aim for this particular Treasure Island telling is to play up the relationship between Long John Silver and narrator Jim Hawkins. Silver’s character is planned to be more “hip,” you know, making him more down with the kids… Niall Johnson – writer of the dumb Michael Keaton ghost film, White Noise, and the Rowan Atkinson-starring British comedy, Keeping Mum – has been tapped to write the script.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that along with Sherlock Holmes, a major factor of adapting Treasure Island in this day and age (the last proper live-action adaptation was back in 1999) is the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This adaptation is being aimed to be modernized for a contemporary audience (as they did with pirates in the Pirates franchise) and the way they’re going to handle Long John Silver sounds a lot like, “make him likable like they did with Captain Jack Sparrow.” I’m putting words in the studio’s mouths, of course, but that’s the feeling I get.

Will today’s audiences embrace Stevenson’s tale of pirates and buried treasure the way did the Pirates franchise and the recent take on Sherlock Holmes? Well, if they can get a couple of big name actors to fill the two lead roles and market it the right way then I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a success.

Do you like the idea of adapting Treasure Island for a more contemporary audience, in the same way they did with Sherlock Holmes? Do you see comparisons with what they’re doing here to Pirates of the Caribbean? And who would you like to see star in the two key roles?

More on Treasure Island when we get it.

Source: Variety

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  1. My school is doing that play right now, I'm the Parrot, but it's a pretty horrible adaptation. I've just looked at all the Treasure Island movies made on IMDb and it's shocking how none of them look good at all. Well, Treasure Planet looks decent, I remember watching as a kid and liking it. but maybe this one can actually do it justice and not be cheesy. Is that possible though?

  2. My school is doing that play right now, I'm the Parrot, but it's a pretty horrible adaptation. I've just looked at all the Treasure Island movies made on IMDb and it's shocking how none of them look good at all. Well, Treasure Planet looks decent, I remember watching as a kid and liking it. but maybe this one can actually do it justice and not be cheesy. Is that possible though?

  3. I cannot WAIT to see this! i can’t even say how happy i am that they are taking classic literature and making movies, its completely a dream come true and i’m stoked to see what books they will make movies out of.It may sound funny but i LOve the way Tim Curry portrayed long-john silver in Muppet Treasure Island; A tough…pirate.. liar, conniver and all with the seemingly heartless vibe but actually capable of emotion, care and love. I can’t say who exactly i’d like to see in the main roles, all i would like to see is the roles done well. i would be very disappointed if they made the new long-john anything different than the story. There is nothing more disappointing than to see a character portrayed as a director or actor (or person etc) wants to portray them(unless it is in a way like “making him (long-john) more likeable”. But not making him like Davy Jones, he still has to be long-john.

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