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.
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.
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.
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.