We can add yet another big-budget studio affair to Guy Ritchie‘s slate. Deadline inform us that he’s Warners’ pick for Treasure Island, a “stylized version” of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s nautical adventure that he, along with Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes), will be producing.
Past that slim modicum of information, however, we know almost nothing about this new Treasure Island — save for the fact that Alex Harakis will be writing. If you care enough and want a clearer impression (I’m sure there’s someone), look toward the two Sherlock Holmes films, which Wigram is apparently trying to emulate on this outing — which makes Ritchie‘s hiring all the patent and, personally, dreadful. (I do enjoy his early films, like most others, but the formal and aesthetic shift we’ve seen these past two and a half years is not, by any means, what I want him to stick with.) And the idea of him directing pirates would, otherwise, probably be fun! Oh, it’s a shame.
We don’t even know if this is going to be next on his plate, though; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Real RocknRolla could all come next — well, the latter is probably never getting made — and an in-demand, seemingly willing-to-sign director always has something right around the corner. Those somethings just don’t spark my interest.
Could Treasure Island work for Ritchie and his Sherlock Holmes style?
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