A new cinema adaptation of Three Musketeers is in preparation, with François Civil in d’Artagnan, Vincent Cassel in Athos, Romain Duris in Aramis and Pio Marmaï in Porthos, the production announced on Friday 12 February. Eva Green will play Milady de Winter and Louis Garrel, Louis XIII.
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The work of Alexandre Dumas has already inspired many adaptations or original works for the big screen, in France as in Hollywood. By Gérard Depardieu and John Malkovich in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) or Philippe Noiret and Claude Rich at Bertrand Tavernier (D’Artagnan’s daughter, 1994), prestigious actors rubbed shoulders with it.
Big projects to end the crisis
For this new project, the realization is this time entrusted to Martin Bourboulon, specified Pathé and Chapter 2. Author of two comedies, Mom or dad and Mom or Dad 2, he also directed the highly anticipated biopic Eiffel, with Romain Duris in the title role, which is scheduled for release on May 5, 2021.
The adaptation of the text is entrusted to the duo Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière, better known for comedies, including First name, which triumphed in the theater before being adapted to the cinema. Two components are planned, D’Artagnan and Milady. Two films that will be shot simultaneously, in France, for a budget of 60 million euros, Pathé said.
While cinemas are still closed in France as in many countries, the release is planned for early 2023. This very large project is likely to bring spectators back to the cinema after the Covid-19 pandemic, the production hopes.
“Bring spectators back to the theaters”
” We want to present stories to the spectators, to bring them back to the theaters, and at the same time we are all in a trap. But, I believe in the fact that ambition is a noble word (…) It is also our happiness to take on this type of project ”, explained Dimitri Rassam, director of Chapter 2, on February 12 on RTL.
The shooting will last 7 months, from August 2021 to April 2022, entirely in France. “In the somewhat difficult moment that we are all going through, we cannot do The Musketeers, other than in France ”, continued Dimitri Rassam.
French cinema is preparing many big projects for the end of the crisis. Outraged The three Musketeers, a new Asterix will be shot by Guillaume Canet and Jean-Jacques Annaud will direct a film for Pathé on the fire in Notre-Dame de Paris.