Guy Ritchie did Sherlock Holmes and now he is set to do a similar thing with Treasure Island. IMDB is reporting that Warner Bros has attached Ritchie to direct a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s VERY famous pirate tale. The novel was first published in 1883 as a children’s book and it is widely considered to be the archetypal pirate story, and the original popular perception of pirates including treasure maps marked with an “X” and one-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders. It is one of, if not the most, frequently dramatized of all novels. What do you think of another Treasure Island movie?
According to the infallible Wiki, there have been over 50 movie and TV versions made of the classic, Treasure Island. It began in 1918 as a silent film, and kept going all the way to the Muppet Treasure Island and Treasure Planet, a Disney animated version in the 90′s. There have also been countless TV versions and adaptations, theater, radio plays, and then some more. So, I have to ask, what is this latest adaptation with Guy Ritchie directing going to have that all these other versions haven’t?
The biggest pirate film of the past few years has definitely been The Pirates Of The Caribbean, which was made famous, as you know, with Johnny Depp. I can’t help feeling like this latest adaptation of Treasure Island will be a lot like those (complete with their own Johnny Depp) but I’m sure that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros will be aiming to do something new and different from those huge movies, otherwise what would be the point? I did like Ritchie’s 2009 Sherlock Holmes, which starred Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong… what do y’all think of Ritchie doing Treasure Island? Is this a good or bad thing?