Millennium Films recently acquired Alexandre Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” with plans on adapting it in to at least one feature film. Millennium’s Rambo grossed over $100 million earlier this year, and since then the production company has been snatching up other classic titles for possible remakes, including Conan, Hercules, and Buck Rogers.
Dumas’ novel has been in the public domain for years and has been adapted at least 50 times. The adaptation Millenium Films plans to produce will be a prequel to the classic novel, showing how Athos, Porthos and Aramis initially bonded and became the Three Musketeers. After the prequel, they’ll develop a film based on the novel. As a fan of the novel, I’m interested in seeing the back-story they develop. Hopefully, Millenium Films’ rendition will be less Disney and family oriented. I would love to see the Musketeers tale done as a realistic period piece, sticking to the violence, betrayal and sensuality of Dumas’ story. And if that second film happens, although they do seem to be getting ahead of themselves by planning it now, hopefully it will be true to the epic 19th Century novel. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis were the rebels of the musketeers, always playing by their own rules and being vehemently verbally reprimanded by their superior. It’s a lot like every movie detective since, well, ever.