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Going ATM

The Hollywood Reporter feels it important to inform the world about Paul W. S. Anderson’s adaptation of the Three Musketeers. Of the two that are in the works (Anderson’s and Doug Liman’s), I’d go with Doug Liman’s. The thing is, I can pretty much say with absolute certainly that they aren’t going to touch Richard Lester’s the Three Musketeers and the Four Musketeers. It ain’t going to happen, especially with Anderson.

Has he ever directed anything of quality? Some of his stuff has been mildly entertaining, but I can’t imagine ever buying a DVD of his stuff.

In any case, the cast for the Anderson Three Musketeers (hereafter ATM): Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, Ray Stevenson as Porthos, Luke Evans as Athos, Matthew Macfadyen as Aramis, Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu, Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort, and Milla Jovovich (Anderson’s wife) as Milady de Winter. Oh, and Anderson wants Orlando Bloom to play the Duke of Buckingham.

About the only thing there that gets me excited is seeing Ray Stevenson as Porthos. I’d be happy with him as Athos as well, but I guess then they’d need a pretty big boy to play Porthos.

This isn’t a bad cast, by any stretch of the imagination, but—again—the cast of Lester’s duology is so iconic, this crew has got a huge, huge mountain to climb before even making a dent in their characters.

Noticeably missing in that list? Constance, D’Artagnan’s paramour. Who’s got that job?