Briefly: There’s not much info right now, but it is sounding like Guy Ritchie is going to continue his partnership with Warner Bros. after making the two action-oriented Sherlock Holmes films. He and Holmes producer Lionel Wigram are forming a new company, and the two have just made a deal with Warner Bros. to board The Man From U.N.C.L.E., scripted by Scott Z. Burns and formerly set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh.

At this point Deadline just reports the deal, without specifying that Ritchie will direct. But this would be a pretty obvious big follow-up to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. (Deadline later updated to say that “the intention is for Ritchie to direct the film.”

The question now would be casting. George Clooney was once cast in one of the two big roles, but left the gig because of concerns about his physical condition and the effect that would have on his ability to perform the film’s action. Warner Bros. was unable to come to new casting decisions, which was a big part of why former director Steven Soderbergh left the project just weeks ago. We’ll have more on this one as it develops.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones has had a slow couple of years, but the Chicago actress stepping it up again. She recently wrapped three films — Lay the Favorite, Playing the Field, and Rock of Ages, all of which are due out next year — and has now landed one more. Zeta-Jones recently finalized a deal to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City, a noirish tale directed by Allen Hughes. The script, by Brian Tucker, revolves around a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) who’s hired by the mayor (Crowe) to find out if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating on him. Then things take a turn for the Chinatown-esque as the wife’s lover ends up dead and a major conspiracy begins to unravel.

Zeta-Jones’ last high-profile project was 2007′s No Reservations, so it’s great to see her coming back to the big screen in full force. Broken City is scheduled to begin shooting next month in New York City. [Deadline]

After the jump, Warner Bros. turns to two rising TV stars for David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.

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We’d heard earlier this year that a new Treasure Island movie was in development, the idea being to create a version of the story that has the same appeal as the Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Caribbean films — in other words, a mostly modern take that happens to be set in the original time period.

Now it appears that the same producer behind Sherlock Holmes, Lionel Wigram, is putting together his own Treasure Island with Warner Bros., hopefully beating the other one out of the game and ensuring that it will be exactly the same sort of film as Sherlock. Read More »

Doug Liman to Direct The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

A couple months back, we told you that producer Lionel Wigram, a former Warner Bros creative executive who oversaw the first three Harry Potter films and went out to create/pitch/write Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, was developing an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas‘ classic 17th-century adventure novel The Three Musketeers. Then last month we learned which filmmakers Warner Bros was courting for the project.

  • David Frankel, the director of the big screen adaptations of Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Doug Liman, the director of Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. And Mrs. Smith and Jumper

Heat Vision now reports that the project has been offered to Liman. We’ve also learned that this adaptation will also likely be shot or converted into 3D.

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The Three Musketeers

A couple weeks back, we told you that producer Lionel Wigram, a former Warner Bros creative executive who oversaw the first three Harry Potter films and went out to create/pitch/write Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, was developing an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas‘ classic 17th-century adventure novel The Three Musketeers. No director or cast has been attached to the project. The Los Angeles Times has learned which filmmakers Warner Bros is courting for the project.

  • David Frankel, the director of the big screen adaptations of Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Doug Liman, the director of Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. And Mrs. Smith and Jumper

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The Three Musketeers

Producer Lionel Wigram, a former Warner Bros creative executive who oversaw the first three Harry Potter films and went out to create/pitch/write Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, has hired screenwriter Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats) to adapt Alexandre Dumas‘ classic 17th-century adventure novel The Three Musketeers. The plan is to update the story to appeal to young, contemporary audiences, playing up the action/sexier elements. This project should not be confused with Paul W.S. Anderson’s planned 3D adaptation of the Three Musketeers. No director or cast has been attached to the project.

I’ve never really liked The Three Musketeers, and I’ve never really enjoyed any of the films in the swashbuckling action film genre. Can Wigram make The Three Musketeers cool again? Do you care?

source: Variety

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If you’ve watched the trailers, seen the posters or read the rapidly multiplying coverage, you’ll already know that Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes are very different men indeed. There’s definitely some core factors that tie them together, of course, such as their almost supernatural powers of observation and, to varying degrees, skill in a fist fight.

The conception of this new Holmes started before Robert Downey Jr‘s casting, even before Ritchie’s involvement. Indeed, they were picked to fit. After the break, see some of the concept art that producer-writer Lionel Wigram had comic strip illustrator John Watkiss draw up in order to convince the studio of his approach.

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Well, it looks like Guy Ritchie (right) and Joel Silver’s Sgt. Rock will have to wait. Ritchie will direct Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros., an adaptation of producer Lionel Wigram‘s upcoming comic book. Neil Marshall was previously attached to helm, and WB has said that the film will have the same realism and seriousness as Batman Begins. Mirroring our modern man (yeah, right), this iteration of Holmes will focus more on the character’s formidable pugilism, swordsmanship (hello, ladies) and an appetite for, yep, adventure. Dan Lin (The Departed, 10,000 BC, Terminator 4) will co-produce.

Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th Century, some of the British detective’s “Victorian stuffiness” will be nixed for the 2010 film. Whether this means no appearance by Holmes’s silly hat, monocled fashion, or his signature pipe was not specified. Dr. John H. Watson will remain Holmes’s affable sidekick. Let’s hope Watson’s not reenvisioned as a bitchin’ kite-surfer with an addiction to narcotics Red Bull.

Ritchie is clearly untested when it comes to studio blockbusters, and I wonder how much of his frenetic style will transfer over. But it sounds like a cool project for him and I’m glad it’s a Brit in the director’s chair. And a cool movie for audiences too, as long as the dizzying sleuth-dom isn’t overshadowed by madcap stunts a la a Brosnan Bond or with rapper actors. I’ve always wanted to see DDL play Holmes (who wouldn’t), and I’m really curious to see who lands the two main roles here. Sounds like WB will be “casting up,” which always brightens the day at Slashfilm.

Discuss: Who for Holmes? Who for Watson? Do you see Ritchie making a cool film?

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