Updated Treasure Island Feature Planned
Posted 02.18.10 by BrentJS
Only days after it was announced that Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers would be the subject of an
updated feature along the lines of director Guy Ritchie's take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, another classic piece of literature is looking to go the same route. According to Variety, Ecosse Films is developing a big screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island with a characterization of the novel's antagonist, pirate Long John Silver, that is "hipper, in the style of Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes."
Treasure Island was first published as a novel in 1883 and has become the standard-bearer for modern interpretations of pirates and their conventions. Everything from peg legs to parrots to "X" marking the spot can be traced back to Stevenson's book about conspiring pirates and buried treasure. There have been more than 40 movie adaptations made of Treasure Island, with some versions, like the 1972 European classic starring Orson Welles, remaining faithful to the source material, and others, like Treasure Planet, applying the basic plot of the book to an entirely different genre of movie.
Producing for Ecosse are Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein (Nowhere Boy). Niall Johnson (White Noise) has been hired to pen the Treasure Island script. No director has been attached to the project as of yet.