Doug Liman is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.' version of “The Three Musketeers.”
The project is in a race with Summit’s Musketeers movie, which helmer Paul W.S. Anderson has been working on since September. Anderson’s project, which will be in 3D, is in the casting stage.
Liman was one of several helmers on Warners’ shortlist as a possible director for the latest Hollywood take on the Alexandre Dumas novel. The list is also known to have included David Frankel, the director of “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Warners’ “Musketeers,” which will likely also be in 3D, is being produced by Lionel Wigram, who initiated the recent “Sherlock Holmes” movie. Peter Straughan, who wrote the recent George Clooney movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” penned the adaptation of the Dumas novel, which tells the story of a young man named D'Artagnan as he joins forces with three veteran and disgraced French musketeers to stop the villainous Cardinal Richelieu.CAA-repped Liman has developed a reputation, with films such as “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” for going over budget and running messy productions, but at the same time, those movies proved to be great hits. He recently wrapped production on “Fair Game,” the true story of Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose status was leaked to the public by the White House. The film stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
-It seems unnecessary, but it could work...thoughts?