Warner Bros Swept Away By 'Sherlock Holmes' Success, Gives 'Treasure Island' to Guy Ritchie

Posted 3:35 PM June 1st, 2012 by Binh Ngo
Guy Ritchie

The success of the two Sherlock Holmes movies seems to have elevated Guy Ritchie into in big leagues at Warner Bros. Deadline reports that the studio has set Ritchie to direct a new feature adaptation based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. He will produce the movie along with Lionel Wigram and Kevin McCormick. The script is to be written by Alex Harakis.

Stevenson's pirate adventure has spawned countless movie and TV adaptations. The last major movie to mine Stevenson's novel was Disney's 2002 animated feature Treasure Planet where the action is shifted to a futuristic setting and the pirates are robots. It bombed at the box office, making $109 million worldwide on a budget of $140 million.

Presumably, Warner's Treasure Island adaptation will be more planet-bound and won't have anything to do with artificial lifeforms. I wouldn't be surprised if the studio told Ritchie to do to this movie what he did for Sherlock Holmes, so expect kinetic camera movements and, why not?, kung fu to go along will all the swashbuckling. I'd bet there were talks of sequels in those discussions between Warner and Ritchie as well.

As previously mentioned, the two Sherlock Holmes movies were Ritchie's most successful movies, both breaking the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. The movies star Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, respectively.

Ritchie is attached to direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E., another Warner Bros project. Steven Soderbergh was originally attached to direct, but he left for The Bitter Pill when Warner had issues with the movie's budget. Scott Z. Burns penned U.N.C.L.E.'s script.

Binh Ngo's Latest Blog Entries:

This week on The Download, we talk about Universal taking Marvel's approach in reviving its classic movie monsters and the new Ouija trailer. Come and join in...
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the charge to revive Universal's classic movie monsters. Instead of stand-alones, these movies will have...
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are teaming up for a drama called By The Sea, according to Variety. The movie is said to be about a couple's relationship. Besides...
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and a couple of others tried to bring the classic '80s arcade game Space Invaders to the big screen back in 2011, but it looks like they...
Paddington lost his voice last month when Colin Firth, who felt he wasn't right for part, backed out of the movie. British actor Ben Whishaw has been chosen as...

More Treasure Island News

Comments