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Warner Bros. Developing New ‘Treasure Island’ Movie

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Warner Bros. reportedly has yet another film version of the classic pirate tale Treasure Island in the works – one which will “modernize” the novel in the same fashion as the recent Sherlock Holmes film.

Appropriately, Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is working with Warner Bros. on this new “updated” — but so far not 3D — adventure film, which will be based on a script by relative newcomer Michael Gilio.

Feeling an odd sensation of déjà vu?  Don’t worry, it’s not just a glitch in The Matrix. icon wink Warner Bros. Developing New Treasure Island Movie

As we reported back in February, there’s already a new Treasure Island movie in the works — one that aims to “update” the tale of young Jim Hawkins, the villainous Long John Silver, and a buried treasure  – a la Sherlock Holmes as well.

Warner Bros. and Wigram will be moving quickly to get their version of Treasure Island out into theaters first.  Of course, let’s not forget that the two companies have begun work on a 3D version of The Three Musketeers as well — one that is not only (gasp!) fashioning itself from the design of  Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film, but is also in a race to theaters against an entirely separate 3D Musketeers film being developed by Summit Entertainment.

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Oh Guy Ritchie, what have ye wrought?

That all said, there’s the question now of just what Warner Bros. and Wigram are planning to bring to this new Treasure Island movie.  Apparently, Paul Greengrass was a candidate to direct early on — though it looks like he’ll be working with James Cameron on the Fantastic Voyage remake instead– so I’m going to go out on a limb here (*ahem*) and say that this new pirate flick will definitely be action-packed, fast-paced, and probably full of its share of explosions and expensive set pieces. Just a hunch.

So how exactly will the latest cinematic version of Treasure Island avoid feeling like any one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, minus Johnny Depp?  Well, that’s going to be the tricky part– especially if Warner Bros. aims to make this film as epic and grandiose as I imagine they will.

That’s not to say that there’s nothing creative left to be done with the Treasure Island story.  Whoever ends up directing this movie might in fact subscribe to the Paul Greengrass school of filming action (shaky-cam cinematography, rapid-fire editing, lots of close-ups) — something that could both distinguish it from the Disney live-action pirate flicks and hopefully work well in its own right.

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As Disney's animated bomb Treasure Planet proved, sometimes it's best to just leave the classics as they are.

So what do you think?  Are you stoked by the idea of an “updated” Treasure Island?

Nothing official yet on a possible release date for the new Treasure Island but expect Warner Bros. to fast-track production on this project so as to get it out in theaters as soon as possible.

Source: Pajiba

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  1. I'd like to see Kyle Schmid star in Treasure Island and/or the Three Musketeers. I think he would be a perfect fit for both movies. He previously played Henry Fitzroy in Blood Ties which aired on lifetime. It was evident when we watching him playing that role that the best is yet to come for this actor. He could easily put in a great performance in either one movie or both of them.

  2. I'd vote for kyle Schmid getting a role in this movie, I think he'd make a great Long john silver!

  3. I think Kyle Schmid would be perfect for the role of Long John Silver in this film!

  4. Hugh Laurie can make a great Long John Silver role. Cayden Boyd can also play Jim Hawkins

  5. I am & always have been a huge fan of the original childerns classic by R. L. Stevenson, Treasure Island.
    I can only hope that the named producer Lionel Wigram does the immortal classic justice & does not allow his definition to degrade into
    a classic camp comedy as so many of these interpretations often do.
    This is an opportunity to immortalise this classic by giving it the respect it so justly deserves by incorporating a degree of sense & seriousness. This story has always had the ability to cause the hairs on the back of of neck to rise. I hope Wigam can capture that quality & not allow it to degenerate into merely another movie which merely showcases the hollywood set & stunt creators. I can only hope.

  6. Perhaps a movie of the true story that inspired Treasure Island would be better than yet another remake