Doug Liman Helms "The Three Musketeers"

4/10/2010 Posted by Admin

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Doug Liman Helms "The Three Musketeers"

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Go," "Jumper") is in talks to direct "The Three Musketeers" for Warner Bros. Pictures, one of two adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' classic story currently in the works.

According to Heat Vision:  Liman was one of several helmers on Warners’ shortlist as a possible director for the latest Hollywood take on the Alexandre Dumas novel. The list is also known to have included David Frankel, the director of “The Devil Wears Prada.”

The project is in a race with Summit’s Musketeers movie, which helmer Paul W.S. Anderson has been working on since September. Anderson’s project, which will be in 3D, is in the casting stage.

Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stare At Goats") adapted the script following the very familiar story of young D'Artagnan enlisting the help of three disgraced veteran musketeers to stop the duplicitous Cardinal Richelieu.

"Sherlock Holmes" producer Lionel Wigram aims to do a period-set but modern sensibility take on the tale, much like the recent Holmes adaptation.

Liman recently wrapped production on “Fair Game,” the true story of Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose status was leaked to the public by the White House. The film stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

This project could have great potential, especially with Liman at the helm. The Musketeers is such a classic story it will be interesting to see how Liman tackles it. I have much more faith in him and this version rather than Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation.

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