Pirates are making a comeback – again – with the news that Warner Bros. is planning to adapt Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic adventure novel Treasure Island into a major motion picture, to be directed by Guy Ritchie. Treasure Island tells the story of young Jim Hawkins, a boy who stumbles onto a treasure map and faces off against the legendary pirate Long John Silver in his pursuit of fortune and glory.
Deadline reports that Ritchie's adaptation will be written by Alex Harakis, and that one of the film's producers is none other than Lionel Wigram, who previously teamed with the director on the popular Sherlock Holmes reboot starring Robert Downey Jr. It's the latest in a long line of projects lined up for Guy Ritchie, who has also been attached to the Man from U.N.C.LE. reboot and rumored to have some involvement with a remake of Cannonball Run, although there hasn't been any news about the latter project since October 2011.
Ritchie's Treasure Island would be the latest in over 20 adaptations of Stevenson's adventure saga. Previous incarnations of the story include the classic 1934 version directed by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz), a 1972 version co-written by Orson Welles (who starred as Long John Silver), a 1990 adaptation starring Christian Bale, Charlton Heston and Oliver Reed, and such fanciful versions as 1996's Muppet Treasure Island and 2002's underrated animated Disney adaptation Treasure Planet. The most recent production of Treasure Island is a 2012 TV movie starring comedian Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver. Each version has its fans, so Ritchie may have a lot of work on his hands developing a new take on the material that will satisfy audiences young and old.
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