Scarlet Pimpernel (2012)

From THR:
A £75 million ($120 million) movie based on Baroness Orczy's classic "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is front and center of seriously ambitious production plans for Fairbanks Productions, the U.K.'s newest and big-talking filmmaking banner on the block.

Dominick Fairbanks, the great grandson and grandson of Hollywood legends Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., plans to bring his famous Hollywood family name into the 21st century with his production banner upstart.

Black told The Hollywood Reporter a remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel," will star upcoming Brit actor Neil Jackson (shown on right).

"We want to try and do to the story of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" what Guy Ritchie did to 'Sherlock Holmes' [for Warner Bros]," said producer James Black.

"Plans are to shoot the picture sometime in the latter half of next year ... somewhere in Eastern Europe
" ... with "high profile cameos" in the movie," said Black.

18 comments:

  1. Let's hope they don't mess it up??
    Nevertheless excited indeed!

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  2. I'm happy to stay with the 1982 version. Anthony Andrews is the definitive Sir Percy, and I don't really see the need to redo a classic...especially if they're planning a version like the recent Sherlock Holmes!

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  3. I need to catch up on the older films since I've not seen any Scarlet Pimpernel yet! I just remember watching part of a b&w film on tv...

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  4. You're thinking of an even older version! Anthony Edwards will be a tough act to follow! I'm surprised it's not on YouTube. Jane Seymour played opposite Anthony and they were a good match. It was a favorite one in our family and watched it numerous times. Think I'll put it on my amazon wishlist straight away!

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  5. iz4blue,
    the version with Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews is on Youtube. That's the one that many have recommended to me as well as other dramas that I just don't seem to find the time to watch :(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU2RLwEsxT4

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  6. SQUEEEE! You need a girlfriend who makes you watch it! Too bad we're too far apart! *_*
    Thanks for the link bookmarked it in one of my perioddrama playlists which are getting a bit overloaded...alas stuff in there too I still have to watch!

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  7. iz4blue,
    You're right - I do need someone to watch it with me. When can you come over? :)
    As for the period drama lists, I was surprised when I hit 200 on my Youtube list and discovered that you can't add anymore than that!

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  8. Excellent news! It's such a fabulous story that I cannot imagine anyone producing a bad film based upon it. The more versions the merrier!

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  9. I think I will read the novels. Thank you for the info.

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  10. No, no, NO! The "definite" Pimpernel was the divine Leslie Howard (1935; Merle Oberon as Marguerite and the incomparable Raymond Massey as Chauvelin). Howard modernized the role in the 1940s, with PIMPERNEL SMITH, about a professor/archeologist who goes into Nazi Europe to save people from the Nazis. It's a bang-up movie, and poignant even if you don't know it's the one that put Howard on the Nazi hit list, resulting in a plane he was on being shot down over the Bay of Biscay in June 1943. (The headline in the main German paper gleefully reported that "Pimpernel Howard has made his last flight!")

    I love the Anthony Andrews version too -- but try Howard and see for yourself....

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  11. PS -- I can't wait to see the new one! A Fairbanks! Oh, be still my heart!

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  12. Thank you for the Youtube link! I haven't seen this movie in years, and the library's video copy was deteriorating badly last time I did. I so love the Anthony Andrews version, and although it wasn't particularly good, I also enjoyed the miniseries with Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern.

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  13. @India -- I loved the Lesley Howard and Merle Oberon version too! But I always wondered what ever happened to him in real life. How very interesting, and tragic! I would like to see that movie Pimpernel Smith!

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  14. Great news, but they have cast the wrong actor. S/b Richard Armitage. Instead he is off filming as the King of the Dwarfs. :-(

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  15. Ah, Laurel...Richard would definitely make a dashing Pimpernel, much better time spent I think than as a dwarf *pouts*

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  16. I am excited to see who they cast as Chauvelin, Richard Armitage would be an excelelent choice!

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  17. Fran:
    I was mesmerized as a teenager, when I discovered the book! Didn't know there were any movies of it, except the Leslie Howard one, which is great.

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  18. For anyone interested, they can watch the Scarlet Pimpernel movie starring Leslie Howard at http://www.scarletpimpernel.com

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