Paul W.S. Anderson Talks The Three Musketeers In 3D

By Perri Nemiroff 2009-11-14 13:22:45discussion comments
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Paul W.S. Anderson is hard at work on his next film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, but heís also got some big plans for future films, most notably The Three Musketeers 3D. Omelete is reporting in from the Resident Evil set with details on the 3D adaptation of Alexandre Dumasí classic novel straight from Anderson himself.

Anderson said heíll reteam with Resident Evil producer Jeremy Bolt and be working with an $80 million budget. That might sound like a lot, but itís not enough to shoot the entire film in 3D. They might have to resort to 2D when it comes to capturing horse racing chases and convert them to 3D in postproduction. Anderson plans to keep Athos, Porthos, Aramis and DíArtagnan in the 18th century but give the story a contemporary feel with a heavy dose of action and romance. Itíll be Ďa new tellingí of Dumasí story.

The film hasnít nabbed a domestic distribution deal, but Constantin Films is on board to finance. Collider points out that this project is monumental for Constantin because itíll mark their biggest budgeted film ever. Also, partnering with Constantin will free Anderson of studio pressure thus granting him creative freedom. Casting is currently underway and production is set to commence in September 2010.

Itís hard to get excited about this project unless youíre really into the Musketeers or Andersonís work. Do we really need a new Three Musketeers film? Does it really have to be in 3D? Is the guy responsible for the Resident Evil movies the one to do it? $80 million seems like a lot of money to bet on a guy known for sci-fi films and videogame adaptations. Heís got a following, but this is something thatíll bank on mass appeal. This Ďnew tellingí better be pretty damn innovative.
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