- Cast: Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Christoph Waltz, Ray Stevenson, Mads Mikkelsen, Juno Temple, Til Schweiger, James Corden, Carsten Norgaard, Freddie Fox, Gabriella Wilde, Isaiah Michalski, Florian Brückner, Helen George, Gennadiy Vengerov
- Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
- Writers: Andrew Davies, Alexandre Dumas père, Alex Litvak
- Producers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer
- Co Producers: Christoph Fisser, Charlie Woebcken
- Executive Producers: Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, Martin Moszkowicz, Scott Rudin
- Art Direction: Nigel Churcher
- Casting: Suzanne Smith
- Costume Design: Pierre-Yves Gayraud
- D.O.P.: Glen MacPherson
- Editor: Alexander Berner
- Makeup: Birger Laube
- Music: Paul Haslinger
- Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry
In the 17th-century, famed Musketeers Athos (Matthew Macfayden), Aramis (Luke Evans), and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) steal highly coveted airship designs from a high-security vault, the sweet taste of success is short-lived. Their beautiful partner-in-crime, Milady (Milla Jovovich), drugs the trio and sells the designs to a higher bidder, the ultra-cool Englishman, Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). A major blow to the famed swordsmen, so three years later, the devil-may-care young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) journeys to Paris to realize his dream of becoming a Musketeer, he finds them a shadow of their former selves, working menial jobs and seeking a cause worth serving.
The conniving Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) hatches a deadly plot to overthrow the young King Louis (Freddie Fox). Employing the double agent Milady to do the dirty work, he frames the King's new bride, Queen Anne (Juno Temple) in an affair with Buckingham. If the King buys into the lie, war with England will follow, the Queen will die and the people of France will demand a stronger leader - Richelieu himself - to see them through the crisis. If the King doesn't buy into the lie, peace may yet stand a chance. So The Three Musketeers along with D'Artagnan undertake the mission to retrieve a priceless diamond necklace from the impregnable Tower of London and return it to the Queen in time for an all-important ball.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Bavaria, Germany
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of adventure action violence
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Davis-Films, New Legacy, Nouvelles Éditions de Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Scout Productions, Constantin Film Produktion, Impact Pictures
- Production Schedule: 26 August 2010 - 9 October 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Being first out of the block can often be the deciding factor in the race to get rival projects into production. "Outbreak" got such a jump on "The Hot Zone" that the latter project fell apart, same deal with Oliver Stone's "Alexander" biopic which led to Baz Luhrmann's version collapsing.
A few years ago, several projects based on the Alexandre Dumas classic "The Three Musketeers" were in development - this despite around three dozen film versions of the story having hit the screens in the past century, the largest being 1993's Disney version with Kiefer Sutherland, Tim Curry and Chris O'Donnell.
Of all the projects it was the one by oft-maligned director Paul W.S. Anderson, a 3D take with a contemporary action feel, that was the first to get into production. In fact the film got so much of a head start that all the other versions seem to have disappeared. Considering Anderson's track record, his most recent being the nonsensical "Resident Evil: Afterlife", hope is slim here.
It's a shame as there's a pretty good cast on hand with three impressive Brits - Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson - as the titular Musketeers. Christoph Waltz is Cardinal Richelieu, Milla Jovovich is Milady de Winter, "Casino Royale" baddie Mads Mikkelsen is Rochefort, Orlando Bloom as what sounds like a more villainous Duke of Buckingham, "Percy Jackson" star Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, and Juno Temple as Queen Anne.
Set photos show some rather colorful if somewhat overdone costume designs, yet they don't answer the big question of tone. The last time a studio tried a "contemporary feeling, period set" take on the story we got 2001's "The Musketeer". That film infused parkour and martial arts action sequences into its setting and was rightly booted out of cinemas very quickly. This should fare better but beyond the 3D aspects, it's hard to really see anything new it might offer."