One for All and All for… Nowt?

It was inevitable that this generation would get a Three Musketeer film based on the famous Dumas novel (hell – I’d even considered doing one myself) but it comes with great sadness to me (a huge fan of the swashbuckling adventures) to find who is directing it.

Paul W.S. Anderson of Residernt Evil, AVP fame.

Yeah I know. reports:

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Paul W.S. Anderson is going from the future to the past.

The filmmaker known for the “Resident Evil” series and “Alien vs. Predator” is bringing the classic tale of “The Three Musketeers” back to the big screen, this time in 3D.

The 1844 Alexandre Dumas tale concerns d’Artagnan, a young man who leaves home to become a member of the fighting force of the French king’s royal household. Along the way, he makes friends with three of the force’s best — and most disgraced — members: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, whose creed of friendship is “All for one and one for all!”

Anderson penned the script with Andrew Davies, whose credits include the films “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “The Tailor of Panama” and a television adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” The two have known each other since their days at England’s University of Warwick, when Anderson was a student and Davies a tutor. Anderson sought out Davies, knowing the project needed a script that was strong in character and romance to complement the action.

The intent is for the film to have a contemporary feel, though that does not mean ditching the period setting.

“We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece,” said Anderson, who hopes to shoot in France and Germany. “But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”

The aim is to shoot the film next year and release it in 2011. Anderson is producing with Impact Pictures partner Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film. Constantin, which partnered with Anderson on the “Resident Evil” series, will finance the production.

Well 2011 gives me time to aproach Anderson and beg him for this oportunity to direct a story that I genuinely love.  Heck – I’d happily give his lovely wife Milla Jovovich, a role (she’d make a fantastic Milady) and would even work off of his script if I had to…

More on me not directing this as it happens.

One Response to “One for All and All for… Nowt?”

  1. *CRINGE*

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