The Fugitive Director Will Look For Jean LaFitte's Gold In Modern Day Treasure Island Remake
Next week marks the release of the 20th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD releases for Andrew Davisí 1993 big screen adaptation of the crime thriller The Fugitive, and it might have you wondering just what the heck Davis has been up to in the seven years since he last directed a film. Crave Online recently interviewed the filmmaker, and while the full extent of that interview isnít yet available to read, theyíve revealed Davis plans on modernizing Robert Louis Stevensonís classic (and oft adapted) 1883 novel Treasure Island, where the titular treasure will refer to the legendary booty of French pirate Jean LaFitte. As a South Louisiana native, Iím more intrigued by this project than I might have been otherwise, strongly hoping annoying treasure -seeking children arenít the central characters.
ďIím currently putting together a modern version of Treasure Island set in post-Katrina Louisiana called Thieves Fortune,Ē Davis told Crave. ďItís the treasure of Jean LaFitte and I think it would be a really interesting, fun movie that could be about something and still be very entertaining.Ē Avenue Pictures CEO Cary Brokaw will be producing, and Davis is working on the script with a team of writers, including Midnight Run and Bad Boys scribe George Gallo. ďTeam of writersĒ is a phrase that usually sends shivers up my spine.
Davis was long synonymous with the action genre, having directed films like Above the Law, Under Siege and Collateral Damage, but he hasnít gone behind the camera since 2006ís Coast Guard drama The Guardian. It turns out he isnít interested in going back into the action-heavy films he started with.
"I turned down a lot of violent action movies which I donít want to do,Ē he said. ďI donít want to make a film where violence is the entertainment. I had a great time with Holes. Iím interested in doing family movies or four quadrant movies that are based upon quality literature or books.Ē The subject of treasure hunting certainly does apply to both men and women, young and old, so heís got that going for him. I wasnít a big fan of Holes, but it had more to do with my disinterest in Shia LaBeouf than the film itself.
There have been several directors over the past few years talking about modern takes on Treasure Island, including a Guy Ritchie project and a Michael Bay-produced prequel series. The history of LaFitte, which also involved helping Andrew Jackson defend New Orleans against the British, could definitely make this the more interesting approach to the material. LaFitte reportedly buried his treasures along the Louisiana coastline and around Galveston, Texas, but no one can confirm that any actually exists. That hasnít stopped a century of treasure seekers from trying to uncover it though.
No studios are attached to the project just yet, but assuming the script is worth half a damn, someone will be interested.
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