By Travis Martin
Warner Bros. is planning on remaking “The Count of Monte Cristo,“ the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. However, the twist with this version is that it will be set in the present day criminal underworld instead of 19th century France. William Eubank will direct the film, with a script by Joe Pokaski. Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures are producing the film.
For those who are unaware of the classic revenge tale, the story centers on respected French sailor Edmond Dantès, who is betrayed by his best friend and framed for betraying his country. Sent to prison, for the next 12 years Edmond digs his way out with a fellow elderly prisoner, who tells him of a treasure he hid. Finding the treasure, Edmond vows to exact his revenge on those who wronged him, taking the alias of the Count of Monte Cristo.
There was a previous adaption of “The Count of Monte Cristo” in 2002, directed by Kevin Reynolds. It starred Jim Caviezel as Edmond Dantès, and also starred Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Luis Guzmán, and a then unknown Henry Cavill. Originally David S. Goyer was meant to direct a remake, but that project fell through. There is currently no release date for the modern remake of “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
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