Breaking news from the WB! Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) has been hired to direct their version of Treasure Island. They have attached writer Alex Harakis to take care of the script. Not much is known about Harakis, but with Ritchie at the helm I am not too worried about it. Here is the announcement that broke at Deadline:
Warner Bros has attached Guy Ritchie to direct a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate tale Treasure Island, and has set Alex Harakis to write the script. Ritchie will produce the film with his partner Lionel Wigram and Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick. It was Wigram who originally set up a stylized version of the classic novel, much the way he did Sherlock Holmes, which Ritchie directed. He set it up before he and Ritchie became partners. Their first move after partnering was to take on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., after Steven Soderbergh dropped out of the film.
This whole announcement makes me happy. What Ritchie did for Sherlock Holmes was amazing. I am truly excited to see what he does with one of the greatest books of all time. If you haven’t read Treasure Island, read it! Go ahead, I'll wait.... For those of you have read the book, let us know what you think about Ritchie taking on this challenge. Until next time…