Mar 28 2011 1:40pm

Flying Ships & Flamethrowers: A First Look at The Three Musketeers in 3D

A new film version of The Three Musketeers has appeared on the horizon, and it promises a great deal of action, excitement, stunning visuals, and a healthy helping of science fiction. The trailer currently available offers little hint to the film’s plot (aside from the shadow of war threatening to engulf the whole of Europe), but the costuming, action sequences and other bits of eye candy are all extremely promising. Even more interesting, the trailer hints that the film will be embracing more than a little Renaissance and Enlightenment era sci-fi (what is often referred to as “clockpunk”). If the trailer’s visions of flying ships, massive volley guns and even an ornamented flamethrower are anything to go by, The Three Musketeers should have plenty to entertain science fiction fans and action enthusiasts alike.

G.D. Falksen is a professional author, MC, lecturer and public speaker and writes in a wide range of genres including historical fiction, pulp adventure, vintage weird, steampunk, modern fantasy, science fiction (often with historical allusions), conspiracy, mystery, suspense and horror.

Peter Marcantonio
2. pmarcantonio
I was realy fond of the 1973 version of The Three Musketeers and after having to endure the the 1993 version i'm not sure i can stomach another horible remake.
Sharat Buddhavarapu
3. Sharat Buddhavarapu
I like the visual look of it, thus far. And whatever that weird thing that rose out of the ground was... it was cool!
Matthew Kuhl
4. pattonmat
Hmm, don't seem to remember Dumas writing about flying ships or ninjas. So there are some obvious liberties with the source material. If they're good liberties, I won't complain a whole lot.
Darren A. Jones
5. Darren A. Jones
From reading comments around the internet, I apparently am the only one who loves the 1993 Disney version. I think it's hysterical, and "You can't have any; you're too young" is a regular quote in our house when wine makes its appearance on the table.

This one looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for posting the trailer
Sorcha O
6. sushisushi
Dammit, now I have the 'Dogtanian and the Three Muskethounds' theme tune stuck in my head...
Sorcha O
7. sushisushi
Double post, whoops.
I wonder what they're going to do with the 'one for all and all for one' in this one? I didn't notice it in the trailer anywhere.
Cori Hull
8. yarnandtea
@Darren A. Jones: You are so not the only person who loves the 1993 version. It is a favorite of mine and amongst my circle of friends as well. We regularly pop it in the DVD player to run in the background during get togethers. And the quote you mentioned? Oh yeah, that gets said in our circle all the time.

That being said, I was really excited about this new version until I saw the preview. The casting has me really jazzed but the preview leaves me nervous. I am okay with the occasional liberty being taken in the course of an adaptation from book to screen, but from what we've been shown there seems to be a total disconnect between the actual story of The Three Musketeers and the story that they are advertising in this movie. It is as if they got so excited about all of the cool things they could do effects and setting-wise that they just got carried away and made up their own thing under the guise of remaking Dumas' classic tale.

I hope I am wrong about this, and I will, of course, reserve final judgement until I've seen the thing. But those are my thoughts based on the previews I've seen so far.
Darren A. Jones
9. Sihaya
On, the one hand, I'm not sure that this makes a nod in the general direction of the source material (a nod is all I require). But some of the signs there are good. D'Artagnan is about as young as he ought to be, for example.

On the other hand, is that Orlando Bloom as an absolute dandy? Is that Mila Jovovich pulling off a kung fu action sequence in a bodice, stiffened collar and hoops? Did they invent a gun *with more barrels* than Porthos's gun in the 1993 version? Must see!
Mike Conley
10. NomadUK
'The Three Musketeers — I've heard of you.'

Oh, dear god.

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