If there’s one piece of literature that has been adapted time and time again, it’s Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. We’ve seen many versions, even a Muppet variation of the tale, and yet it’s been some time since the tale has been on the big screen. Apparently, Warner Brothers is aware of this, and has found some interest in bringing the story back to theaters. Today, not only has the film gained some traction, but also a director and scribe.
Deadline reports that Warner Brothers has attached director Guy Ritchie to bring Treasure Island to life in an all-new vision, with Alex Harakis set to write. The goal is to have the film be a stylized version of the tale in the way that Ritchie did with bothSherlock Holmes films. Ritchie will be producing with his partner Lionel Wigram, who originally set up the project at WB afterSherlock Holmes and before he and Ritchie became partners.
Due to the film’s very early development, there’s no time table as to when exactly the film is aiming to start production. It’s unclear whether or not the studio would like to set up a thirdSherlock Holmes, which could very much happen sometime next year and would likely take priority over Treasure Island. Ritchie is also attached to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., further complicating when we’ll see the film.
We’ll keep you updated on any further details as the project develops.