A few years ago, a producer over at Warner Brothers came up with a crazy idea of developing a movie about 19th century British private investigator that would be cool and appeal to the younger kids with the fanny packs and the novelty shirts. The result was Sherlock Holmes, a movie whose success — in my opinion — can all be attributed to one word: RobertDowneyJr.GuyRitchie.
That producer, Lionel Wigram — who also produced the first three Harry Potter flicks — decided he’d like to see if lightning could strike twice in the same place (and for our benefit, here’s hoping he’s standing in that spot if it does): Wigram has brought aboard Peter Straughan, who wrote the very good script for a very mediocre movie, The Men Who Stare at Goats, to see if he can contemporize The Three Musketeers for the big screen, which will focus more on the action and the sessiness (am I saying that right?)
Whether he succeeds will probably depend on a few factors: Can he get another Guy Ritchie-type director to modernize The Three Musketeers; can he get Robert Downey, Jr. to play all three musketeers; and can he compete with another Three Musketeers movie currently in development?
Wait, what? Two movies about a trio of characters few of us could give a rat’s ass are being developed simultaneously? Why yes, Charlotte. Paul W.S. Anderson is also developing a 3D version. And if there’s a race to production, here’s hoping, at least, that Lionel Wigram wins this race, cause a Three Musketeers video-game movie just doesn’t have a lot of allure.
Besides, how will you ever beat the all-star roster of Keifer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and Chris O’Donnell? (And who’d have thought, 15 years ago, that those three would all have hit network shows?)