Dumas classic loads up for 'Sherlock' treatment
Alexandre Dumas’ classic 17th-century adventure “The Three Musketeers” is set to get the “Sherlock Holmes” treatment.Producer Lionel Wigram, the creative force behind helmer Guy Ritchie’s take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth, has tapped screenwriter Peter Straughan (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Bridget O’Connor to update Dumas’ swashbuckling tale to appeal to young, contemporary auds. Wigram, a former Warners creative exec who oversaw the first three “Harry Potter” pics and who now has a first-look deal with the studio, has set the project up at Warner Bros. “The Three Musketeers” tells the story of hot-headed D’Artagnan as he joins forces with three veteran musketeers to battle the villainous Cardinal Richelieu. Also in the mix is the mysterious figure of Milady. Straughan’s script will play up the action and sexier elements of the story much the same way that Wigram, who co-wrote and produced “Sherlock Holmes,” reimagined the detective (limned by Robert Downey Jr.) as a bare-knuckle boxing, martial-arts savvy sleuth. No director or cast has been attached to the project yet. With work under way on prepping a “Holmes” sequel, the producer sees similar franchise potential in “The Three Musketeers.” Dumas penned two sequels to his original novel. Trilogy, which includes books “Twenty Years After” and “The Vicomte de Bragalonne,” is known collectively as “The D’Artagnan Romances.” “The Three Musketeers” has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations, most notably George Sidney’s 1948 version starring Lana Turner and Gene Kelly; Richard Lester’s 1973 version starring Oliver Reed and Michael York; and Stephen Herek’s 1993 version starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland. Brit helmer Paul Anderson (“Resident Evil”) is also prepping a 3D version of the tale with the backing of Germany’s Constantin.