Latest News - February 26 / 2010

Musketeers, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Kennedy biopic, and Aurelio Zen...

Not one but two films planned for The Three Musketeers?
Already heard about one to be produced by Wingram but now it seems the race is on by another company to see who can first come up with one ready for production. Funny but in wondering what the current fascination is with Dumas' swashbuckling heroes, I couldn't
help but think of the recent "Barbie and the Three Musketeers". Could Mattel have that much influence on this trend? :)

1. The Three Musketeers (2011)
producer Lionel Wigram, the creative force behind Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is planning to remake Alexandre Dumas classic

2. The Three Musketeers (2011)
-Screenplay co-written by Paul W.S. Anderson and Andrew Davies with plans for it to have a more contemporary feel although still period. (read more)

>>Read article in L.A. Times

Not to forget the Alexandre Dumas biopic that just came out this year starring Gerard Depardieu...>>>L'autre Dumas

Anonymous (2010)
"A political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare-- Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford-- set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her." (possibility of script being based on Mark Anderson's book which suggested just that). Cast: Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Elizabeth), David Thewlis (William Cecil) and Rhys Ifans (The Earl Of Oxford) Read more...

Robert Kennedy biopic
Matt Damon to take on the role of JFK's younger brother based on biography by Evan Thomas.
"The film will trace RFK's transformation from the younger brother in the shadow brother President John F Kennedy to a strong national leader in his own right before he was gunned down in 1968."

Sherlock Holmes
BBC and PBS co-producing a modern take on Conan Doyle's story starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves (source)

Aurelio Zen
BBC: Rufus Sewell will take on the Italian crime detective based on Michael Dibden's novels.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Besides Penelope Cruz possibly joining the cast, looks like Ian McShane will take on Blackbeard. (Update: Cruz will be playing Blackbeard's daughter)

Upstairs, Downstairs remake is also mentioned as one of the BBC's planned productions. Glad to hear it's still in the works!


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