The Three Musketeers To Get The 3D Treatment

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the three musketeers The Three Musketeers To Get The 3D Treatment

Will anything be safe from the 3D makeover? With the way things are going, it doesn’t look like it. We learn today that Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, Event Horizon) will direct a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers – in 3D no less. He has co-written the script with Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’s Diary), a script which is said to “modernize” the musketeers.

Whether justified or not, “Oh dear…” is my first thought…

This new adaptation of The Three Musketeers can be assumed to have nothing to do with the one we heard about last June, which was planned at the time by Millenium Films. This one is being produced by Impact Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt and Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer (both companies are financing the project), with Anderson himself co-producing.

There has been many-an-adaptation of The Three Musketeers over the years, with cinematic visions of the classic story stretching all the way back to 1903. Notable examples include the 1948 Gene Kelly/Lana Truner/Vincent Price version; the 1973 Michael York/Oliver Reed version; and the 1993 Charlie Sheen/Kiefer Sutherland/Chris O’Donnell version.

Anderson knows Davies from their time at the University of Warwick in England, with Anderson a student and Davies a tutor. Anderson sought out Davies to co-write The Three Musketeers with him because he knew the project needed, “a script that was strong in character and romance to complement the action.” Anderson says that the film is aimed to have a contemporary feel, without ditching the (essential) period setting:

“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.”

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is a good example of how difficult it can be to do a “modernized period piece.” Sure, there can be modern ideology and themes, but at the end of the day a period setting is essential for this story. I don’t know if Anderson is the right guy to try and strike the right balance between the old and the new. After all, he’s mostly been known up until this point for bad video game adaptations such as the Resident Evil trilogy and two Mortal Kombat films, with Event Horizon being is his only truly “good” film IMO (Death Race was fun, though).

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One thing that can be noted is that everything Anderson’s done so far has been modern day or futuristic. Is he really the right guy to do a period film, albeit one with a contemporary feel? I’m leaning towards “no.” He’s not the absolute worst director in the world, but I would rather a classic story like The Three Musketeers be in a more… suited pair of hands.

As far as the 3D aspect goes, I’ve made my stance on the technology clear many-a-time: if it’s used subtly and not gimmicky (*cough* The Final Destination! *cough*) then it’s fine. But The Three Musketeers doesn’t in anyway seem like a movie suited for the 3D technology. I just don’t see the point in doing it in that format.

What do you think of this news? Is Anderson the right guy to bring us The Three Musketeers? Should the film be in 3D?

Anderson hopes to start shooting The Three Musketeers sometime next year in France and Germany, with a tentative 2011 release being eyed.

Sources: THR (HeatVisionBlog) and /Film

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  1. Ross the point of doing this in 3D is too slowly acclimate 3D into ALL movies.

    Support 3D films now and 3D will be all there is in a matter of 5 years.

    Sony is already prepared to sell 3D tvs late next year.
    This 3D takeover is real,,, if people vote with there dollars to not see 3D films it might slow this takeover down. If all the 3D films tank, 3D can be stopped…

  2. 790,
    from your mouth to Gods ears.
    I hope 3D can still be stopped.
    Andersons comments sound like he doesnt appreaciate what the previous Musketeer films were about.

  3. Blah blah blah, I’m wondering why there’s FOUR people in that picture…

    • There are four people in that picture because the novel centers around not only the three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis but the main character is actually D’Artagnan who is a 19 year old musketeer wannabe. He befriends the musketeers.

    • its because there is a young man who want to join the three musketeers so it made FOUR PEOPLE.

  4. The Three Musketeers seems like an odd fit for a 3D film.
    I think 3D works better for visually oriented films like Avatar.
    But The Three Musketeers ?
    I just dont see it .
    Oh,I am not saying Avatar doiesnt have a compelling story.
    But it also has a large visual component which would probably work well in 3D.

  5. @Gary

    Most likely, unlike the immersive use of 3D like with Avatar, this would fall under the gimmicky use of 3D category, with swords in the face constantly I bet…

    • Actually this film is using the exact same immersion 3D technology as was used in Avatar.

  6. Hopefully the action in this movie is similar to the one in “the musketeer”… That was cool in my opinion. Oh and ken j… With the 4th guy in there if i recall there used to be this guy that kinda helped the three musketeers be the three musketeers ( kinda like anthony hopkins training banderas to be zorro type of thing). Or it could be just some slacky that helps them when they can’t go into a certain place without being recognized…

  7. The 4th guys is probably D’Artagan.

  8. Anxious to see this much “beloved” Icon-Writer Alexandre Dumas Classic “The Three Musketeer’s” brought to the big screen, again & in 3D! Fame filmmaker/screenwriter Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil fanchise film, etc.,.) will be perfect to take on this adventureous reigns. Looking forward to seeing the legendary Icon ALEXANDRE’ DUMAS characters: D’Artagnan,Athos, Aramis & Porthos come to life again, on the big screen in whom when writting this adventure “The 3 Musketeer’s” put alot of his father’s/General Alexandre Dumas Adventure’s into his “many” Classic treasure Litertures. So looking forward to 2011/I love Alexandre’ Dumas Classic books: hopefully one day something can be done with “The Forty-five” & Chicot the Jester!

  9. read the book first to know

  10. Well, I have read a lot of negative comments about the director and to be honest I have not watched any of his movies, but it concerns me that he is undertaking a project such as this. The Three Musketeers is on of my favorite books of all times and I love all the characters in it and the idea of “modernizing’ them doesn’t appeal to me at all! I hope he doesn’t destroy the story. I’m glad to hear that he is interested in the romantic part of it, since I am a Matthew Macfadyen fan and he will be playing Ahot what else can I ask for. I will patiently wait for another long year.

  11. Logan Lerman is playing D’artagnan and Orland Bloom the Duke of Bucking ham. Cool actors and a hopefully classic tale is super exciting.

  12. I for one can not wait to see this!! Only to know that Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy, Prior Philip) is playing Athos is enough reason to root for this film. As for the 3D I actually think it’s perfect for this movie, hopefully Anderson does it service. Yes the Three Musketeers is actually four guys Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan who joins in later, it’s called TTM because D’Artagnan meets them as that. Logan Lerman will be one young looking D’Artagnan, Orlando Bloom will probably be a great Buckingham, he has the type, as for Milla as Milay, we’ll have to wait and see. So excited for filming to begin. Is it 2011 yet?

    • You are right! Matthew Macfadyen is a wonderful actor…He is very serious about every role and will “create” a complex Athos. I can’t wait! From the pics I’ve seen, the movie looks pretty classy! They are filming on location, in Germany, so it has an authentic feeling to it. They’ve managed to recreate the XVII-th century Paris to perfection!