Noted hack director Paul W. S. Anderson is bringing Alexandre Dumas’ classic swashbuckling heroes, The Three Musketeers, back to the big screen with a new 3D adaptation. Bridget Jones’s Diary scripter Andrew Davies will join Anderson in writing the screenplay.
Anderson’s work – which should never be confused with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson – on the Alien Vs. Predator, Death Race and the video game adaptations Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil series has been derided by both fans and critics for his all around ineptitude in working with the material and his vision for The Three Musketeers sounds now different- “We are definitely modernizing The Three Musketeers without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece.” Ugh.
The story of a young Frenchman who becomes a member of the King’s private household regiment and falls under the mentorship of its three most skilled, but notorious, members has been filmed numerous times before. If you haven’t seen any of them, you have plenty of time to seek them out before Anderson’s version arrives in 2011.