Warners fast-tracks pic for fall start

Doug Liman has signed to direct Warner Bros.’ new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure classic “The Three Musketeers.”

Liman has been in talks to helm the project since early April. Warner is fast-tracking “Musketeers” for a fall production start.

Project was set up at the studio earlier this year by producer Lionel Wigram, who hired screenwriter Peter Straughan (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Bridget O’Connor to update the swashbuckling tale from Michael Robert Johnson’s draft. Wigram also produced “Sherlock Holmes” for Warners.

Studio’s prepping “Musketeers” as a reinvention of the Dumas story and characters in the same manner as “Holmes.” Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.

Liman signed on earlier this year to indie drama “Attica” from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher, Oscar winner for “Precious.” Summit recently nabbed domestic rights to Liman’s “Fair Game,” starring Naomi Watts, but hasn’t set a release date. “The Three Musketeers” centers on the impetuous D’Artagnan as he joins forces with three veteran musketeers — Athos, Porthos and Aramis — to battle the evil Cardinal Richelieu. No cast has yet been attached.

Meanwhile, Brit helmer Paul W.S. Anderson is prepping an unrelated 3D version of the tale for Summit with the backing of Germany’s Constantin.

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