Par, Valhalla load ‘Gun’

Modern-day Musketeer tale nabbed with preemptive bid

Paramount Pictures has taken aim at “Three Gun Blues,” purchasing Josh Olson’s spec script for mid-six figures for Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures to produce.

The studio took the property off the market with a preemptive bid.

“Three Gun Blues” is being developed as a modern-day tribute to Richard Lester’s 1973-74 pics “The Three Musketeers” and “The Four Musketeers,” which starred Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York. Story, set in Los Angeles and meshing action and humor, revolves around a trio of seasoned, street-smart cops who are joined by a rookie officer named Donnie York, in tribute to Michael York’s portrayal of D’Artagnan in the original movies.

Hurd will produce. Valhalla senior VP Tracy Mercer brought the project into the shingle as part of her work with Olson to develop “Jade,” a Chaos comicbook property centering on an ancient Chinese character with director Ronnie Yu attached and thesp Kelly Hu interested.

Self-financed Valhalla is in post-production on Ang Lee’s “Hulk” for Universal and has a 44-episode commitment from Tribune and Fireworks for “Adventure Inc.,” starring Michael Biehn. Valhalla is also developing a trio of other projects for Par — “The Boston Stranglers,” with Carl Franklin attached to direct; “Life During Wartime,” with Phillip Noyce attached; and “Aeon Flux” with MTV Films.

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