Alien vs. Predator director takes Three Musketeers 3D

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Paul W.S. Anderson, the filmmaker known for the Resident Evil series and Alien vs. Predator is bringing the classic tale of The Three Musketeers back to the big screen, this time in 3D, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 1844 Alexandre Dumas tale tells of d'Artagnan, a young man who leaves home to become a member of the fighting force of the French king's royal household. Along the way, he makes friends with three of the force's best—and most disgraced—members: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, whose creed of friendship is "All for one and one for all!"

Anderson wrote the script with Andrew Davies, whose credits include the films Bridget Jones's Diary and The Tailor of Panama and a television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The two have known each other since their days at England's University of Warwick, when Anderson was a student and Davies a tutor. Anderson sought out Davies, knowing the project needed a script that was strong in character and romance to complement the action.

The intent is for the film to have a contemporary feel, though that does not mean ditching the period setting.

"We are definitely modernizing The Three Musketeers without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece," said Anderson, who hopes to shoot in France and Germany. "But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don't take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure."

A shoot next year with a 2011 release is being eyed.