Now that studios have discovered that they can make a boatload of money due to raised ticket prices on 3D movies, it seems every film being released is available in 3D. While this can enhance some family and action movies, critics and fans have complained about bad 3D movie conversions and dark, murky visuals. Now there is a remake of The Three Musketeers ready to hit theaters in April 2011, and it’s in 3D. Will it be worth the extra ticket price?
The Three Musketeers Is Not a 3D Conversion
Actor Logan Lerman (D’Artagnan) enthusiastically told MTV news that the new 3D film The Three Musketeers will not be a conversion: “We’re really going to be popping out at you…. We’re using the Jim Cameron technology and all that. It’s going to be nuts. It’s going to look really cool. And trust me, from everything I’ve seen, it’s going to blow people away.” The Jim Cameron technology he’s referring to is that developed for Avatar, so the visuals should be a far sight better than something like the much-maligned The Last Airbender.
The Three Musketeers 3D Cast
The Three Musketeers has to have one of the most intriguing casts of upcoming films. You have talented teen actor Logan Lerman, fresh off his Percy Jackson & the Olympians success, along with sci-fi queen Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil series, The Fifth Element). Add three awesome actors with experience making historical and swashbuckling films: Matthew Macfadyen (The Pillars of the Earth, Robin Hood), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Kingdom of Heaven), and Ray Stevenson (Rome, King Arthur). Throw in recent Oscar winner Chrisoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) and James Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen(Casino Royale). Mix it all together, and there’s definitely potential to give the 3D remake of The Three Musketeers some kick-ass characterization.
The Three Musketeers 3D Filmmakers
The Three Musketeers 3D is expected to put a contemporary twist on a classic tale, which is always a risky balance to attempt. The good news is that screenwriter Andrew Davies is working on the script. His extensive historical fiction background includes screenplays for the excellent Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice miniseries as well as TV versions of Emma, Vanity Fair, Bleak House, Sense & Sensibility, and Little Dorritt (whose cast included Three Musketeers star Matthew Macfadyen). He also penned the script for the immensely popular Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Less certain is the choice of Paul W.S. Anderson as director. While he definitely knows action, he hasn’t yet tackled a tale like The Three Musketeers. Anderson’s directing pedigree includes the Resident Evil series (starring Three Musketeers actress Milla Jovovich), Death Race, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Event Horizon.
These two different backgrounds could conflict, or they could provide the perfect balance of nuanced storytelling and mind-blowing 3D action that would make The Three Musketeers a box office sensation.
Pictures from The Three Musketeers 3D Set
Comingsoon.net has early set photos of The Three Musketeers 3D movie. On the bright side, D’Artagnan looks adorable, and Mikkelsen’s Rochefort looks suitably ominous. The down side is that some of the costuming looks a bit cheesy. Anyone who’s ever been to Planet Hollywood knows that movie props can often look ridiculously cheap in real life, but the magic of moviemaking makes them vivid and appealing on screen. Hopefully the plastic quality of some of the costumes are part of making The Three Musketeers 3D experience more sharp. Anyone who ever saw early set photos for Pirates of the Caribbean, however, also knows it’s possible to recognize an awesome visual movie the moment you set eyes on the pics. Keep your fingers crossed that The Three Musketeers 3D turns out to be something that transforms beautifully onto that big 3D screen.
The Three Musketeers is filming in Germany and is set to be released to 3D theaters on April 15, 2011. Visit The Three Musketeers 3D page at IMDB.