Image Credit: verett Collection; Inset: Scott Gries/Getty Image Warner Bros. confirms that The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has signed on to helm a new version of Alexandre Dumas’ 17th century novel The Three Musketeers, which could start production this fall. While I wait for my buckles to be swashed by the latest interpretation, I’ll cast my mind back fondly to the last version I saw, the 1993 Musketeers with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, and Chris O’Donnell as the young, very curly-haired D’Artagnan. It was not a great movie, but I recall it being fun, a quality that would seem to be one of the enduring draws for stories like Musketeers. As Roger Ebert said in his (pretty bad) review at the time, “What young actor doesn’t want to dash around on horseback and engage in swashbuckling swordfights?”
My hopes are much higher for Liman’s adaption (the guy does know how to sell a thrilling adventure after all) — if anyone can provide a fresh spin to the tale, he could. My question: Does the world need another set of Musketeers? And more importantly: Which young heartthrobs are going to get cast?