Jackson Leads “Scarlet Pimpernel” Remake

Fairbanks Productions is planning a feature film remake of the classic Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s classic tale “The Scarlet Pimpernel” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book followed 18th century English aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney, a highly intelligent and noble baron who played up his wimpish and foppish personality by day. At night he became a dashing masked vigilante who leads a secret society whose mission is to help French nobility escape from the guillotine during the year known as ‘The Reign of Terror’ which followed the start of the French Revolution.

Neil Jackson (“Push,” “Blade: The Series,” “Stargate: SG-1”) will play the titular masked vigilante, while a host of “high profile cameos” are expected to appear in the movie. The aim is to do something akin to Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” – a contemporary feeling but period-set blockbuster take on the literary tale.

Cult British writer/director Michael Armstrong will head up creative development on the feature which will shoot in the second half of next year in Eastern Europe with a reported budget of $120 million.