With the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise making boatloads of money (pun intended), it’s shocking that there hasn’t been another successful pirate franchise put into play by a major studio yet. Now it looks like Warner Bros. is hoping to earn some of their own treasure at the box office because Deadline reports the studio has set Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie to direct a new film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.
Producer Alex Harakis is writing the script, and if IMDB is accurate, it will be his first attempt at a screenplay. The story is being said to have stylized elements much in the same way of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes series. I read Treasure Island again a few years ago, and if you haven’t read it before, I’d highly suggest it – it’s a terrific read and very cinematic. Most people probably haven’t seen Disney’s futuristic animated version Treasure Planet, but that’s actually worth seeking out, as well.
Steven Spielberg was once attached to direct an adaptation of the late Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes, but we last heard about that in 2009 and there hasn’t been any update on the project yet. Spielberg’s certainly found other projects in the meantime, but it’s unclear whether that one is still on his radar or not.
Are you interested in seeing another Treasure Island adaptation set sail on the big screen?