Briefly: Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. have done well together with the Sherlock Holmes films, and the studio has now set the director to tackle Treasure Island.
Lionel Wigram, the producer who set up Sherlock, has been developing Treasure Island for some time, and since he’s taking the same sort of ‘period + modern style’ approach to the Robert Louis Stevenson story that worked for Sherlock, it makes sense that Ritchie would take the director’s chair.
Alex Harakis is the latest screenwriter to board the project. We don’t know if he’s going to work from previous drafts that Wigram and Warners had commissioned, or if this is a page one rewrite. We also don’t know where this lies on the priority list for Ritchie, Wigram, and WB. They’re working on that Man From U.N.C.L.E. update that Steven Soderbergh walked away from, and Ritchie may end up doing some new version of Cannonball Run, as well. [Deadline]