BBC America Producing ‘Three Musketeers’ TV Series

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am,

Three Musketeers BBC America Series BBC America Producing Three Musketeers TV Series

Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers have existed in many different iterations – some of them extremely faithful to the writings of the French author – while others, like Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2011 film, not so much. But that doesn’t stop production companies from continually rejuvenating the property – breathing new life into Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

That’s exactly what BBC America, purveyor of our weekly Whovian fix, hopes to do in their just announced Three Musketeers TV series, which they are coproducing with BBC One. Titled succinctly The Musketeers, this 10-episode series will follow the exploits of three brothers assigned to protect the King and their country.

As with any good adaptation, some liberties have been taken to make the series more palatable for television audiences, and to serialize a single story into a compelling set of episodes. The task of wrapping all of those elements together has been given to Adrian Hodges, who most recently wrote My Week with Marilyn.

Though the episodes won’t air until 2014, BBC America General Manager, Perry Simon, appears to be filled with enthusiasm for The Musketeers, stating, “The series bristles with vivid escapism and heroic action adventure and is set to thrill audiences with cracking stories of the week.”

Like Sherlock, or to a lesser extent Robin Hood, BBC America hopes to adapt a prized literary property into an ongoing series that is as renowned for its succinct storytelling and lead performances. Who might be assuming those three choice roles, however, is unclear at the moment, and given the diverse cavalcade of actors who have assumed a Musketeer role – from Charlie Sheen to Gerard Depardieu – it’s hard to nail down a perfect fit.

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Plus, what of D’Artagnan, the hopeful Musketeer featured prominently in many of the films and TV adaptations? The brief synopsis for the series only makes mention of three brothers, ostensibly leaving out an integral part of the Musketeer storyline – at least for now.

Still, with the success of BBC America’s past adaptations in the back of our mind, it’s hard not to imagine The Musketeers coming out as a success. Lower-budget TV production often times suffers from sub-par action sequences, but balletic swordplay can work perfectly in that context.

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Source: TV Guide

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  1. my all time fav. musketeer movies are the two from director – richard lester-.

    • Those versions were the absolute best. The casting was dead on perfect, the swordplay was wonderful, and the comic relief was actually funny. (especially if you can hear all the muttered comments under the primary actors’ dialogue. Michael York is the standard by which I compare all other D’Artagnans.

      • Same for me, Michael York is definitely one of my favorite childhood actors (his Isle of Dr. Moreau is the same for that story too).

  2. I wanna sequel to the 2011 film.

    • It was just way too over the top with the steam-punk theme. Plus I don’t even think it broke even after marketing so I doubt we will see a sequel.

      • Wiki says it cost 75 million and made 135 so it did pretty good and I really liked the portrayal of each character. The actors, story, action it was all pretty great and well done.
        Plus Id rather it be over the top than stale because lets face it, musketeers is one of those stories that his been told so many times that if you play it straight not as many may be interested.
        But airships arent that crazy.

        • Did you even read the novel (s)? The Three Musketeers is one of my favorite books, and the 2011 version is unspeakably bad. I get that it’s your opinion, mate, but yeesh- you REALLY thought Anderson’s version had any redeeming qualities? Like, really? Don’t write off TTM for being “stale”, people will still be interested in the story long after the memory of this failed reimagining fades from the publics consciousness. If box office receipts and critical reviews are to be believed, then not everyone shares your sentiment about making literary classics conpletely overblown and over the top. And I doubt that budget ESTIMATE is accurate- I doubt that includes marketing costs. I doubt and hope bc of the BO and lack f critical success that we will see a sequel. That being said, this is GREAT news! I love BBC and their series, so I have really high hopes for this one

          • I guess you and critics should just get over yourselves and stop being so critical of films that are just meant to be fun.

            • I guess everybody else should stop being so critical of it as well, judging from the box office… I get what you’re saying, but filmmakers can have fun with their own original scripts, not with beloved literary classics. This was a poor adaptation, bottom line. It’s cool that you liked it, I like bad movies too, I just don’t think it’s realistic to expect a sequel from this film. The audience and critics have spoken

              • You speak as if its sacred, its not, especially to your average person. Im glad someone even tried because had it been a direct adaptation I feel It might’ve gone better with critic(maybe, critics are fickle) but would made even less box office.
                I enjoy a fun spin on things in this fictional world and you calling it poor just cause its trying to be that is poor on your part. Its not like they changed the characters or even got the characters wrong.

          • The Novel is so much better. There is an actually story.

            • Crying novel is not an argument.
              because one the 2011 film is very similar to the novel plot
              see:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers
              compare to
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_%282011_film%29

              and to add to my argument that this tale is stale and needs at least something new, see how many musketeers films there actually are
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_in_film
              and notice that they vary in direct to loose adaptation. This film is close and blends in new ideas to a dated story.
              People who cry novel is different/better or call themselves “true” fans need to get off the high horse.

              • Sigh. Are you seriously going to use Wikipedia here? Please read the novel, you’ll thank me. I can see that we’re not really getting anywhere. Saying that this film is a close adaptation is like saying the Resident Evil movies are good adaptations of their source material..And please stop saying that the story is “stale”- how can it be “stale”, if, by your own admission, the plot has been adapted into so many films? Again, mate, it’s cool if you like this movie, I like crappy movies too, but please don’t give this hack director any credit for this abomination. It’s a terrible adaptation. This film seemed like an attempt to cash in on the success of another popular literary steam punk revival, Sherlock Holmes. IMO, of course.

                • Your idea of crappy movies is crap.

                • and the resident evil films ignore the scource material almost entirely.

            • As someone who read The Three Musketeers and the sequel and the sequel to that, I mostly prefer the movie version of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. In the books, they aren’t all that close, considering Aramis betrays Porthos and gets him killed and Athos stays angry with him till his death after which Aramis and d’Artagnan go their separate ways, never to reunite again. Yes, they fight for the same “unit” so to speak but they are more of brothers in arms than friends.

              Other books by Dumas, like The Count of Monte Christo or Queen Margot, show a much deeper relationship between friends, IMHO.

          • Have you read the book? The 2011 version, whilst taking many liberties, is still the first movie version in a long while to actually feature one of the Musketeers valets, Planchette. Whilst Michael York/Oliver Reed version is fabulous, nobody has yet done a particularly faithful adaptation.

            When I see a movie with the valets AND the episode where Cardinal Richelieu gives d’Artagnan a Captaincy at the end of the film and he accepts it – and then hands it on to his friend to secure his retirement, I’ll call it a good film adaptation. :)

  3. There is a mistake in first paragraph. Paul Thomas Anderson did not direct the Musketeers remake. It was Paul (William Scott) Anderson, sometimes being known as Paul W.S. Anderson.

  4. This should be…. dark and gritty heh heh

    but really

  5. I find most French literature pretty stuffy and boring, but this novel, Dumas’ original 3 Musketeers, was one of the few good French novels, despite having alot of unnecessary padding that could “blah-blah” out many readers.

  6. Interesting. A British TV channel producing a TV show based in a French setting. Heads will explode.

  7. This could work. I’m not sure how many stories you could tell and still be very accurate to the book but as long as it is a good story I’m in. It could be fun.

  8. Hopefully, this series will not be ruined by BBC/BBCA as they did to a former co-production, Robin Hood. The first season of RH was great, but mid-way in the second, the storyline went off on a tangent that culminated in the killing of Lady Marian. The reason given by the co-creators was that she had (almost) died and was brought back to life at the end of S1. Therefore, as “she was most important to Robin” the best way to continue the program would be to actually kill her off at the end of S2. Huh??? The less said about the third series the better.
    The Musketeers has good potential as long as they don’t come up with some “great” idea like making Lady de Wintera fifth musketeer!

  9. Really, all the great books out there, they go with the three musketeers. Cant say I am that interested. I think Nick Pope Operation Thunder Child would make a great TV series, just read the book. But there are others out there, or safehold series, blue remembered earth and many others.

  10. What ever the adaptation it’s hard not to be sceptical when the costumes are so abysmal, why do all the hats have to look like large fedoras, all the clothes be anachronistic and the only thing that looks right are the swords and boots. It’s not hard to take a look at costume and fashion books of the period and work out what gentlemen of their class and position would have worn, especially Portos who is described as being very fashion conscious.

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