The Three Musketeers: Made in Germany

The Three Musketeers Movie PosterBernd would have been proud. The premier of the latest adaptation of The Three Musketeers is a milestone in the development of the film market in Germany. While the country has been the backdrop for numerous Hollywood-productions of late, such as: Valkyrie, The Reader, and Inglourious Basterds, the new 100 million dollar production price tag marks Germany’s most expensive film – shot and developed entirely at home, it is intended for worldwide consumption. Bernd Eichinger, who died suddenly in January last year, was a major driving force behind this film, navigating the difficult waters of German bureaucracy to make Bavarian castles and old city centers available for filming. Though it must be said that the film industry is actively supported by the government, with a 60 million euro fund set-up to help finance productions. While bigger budgets are more common in the U.S. they have no troubles drawing international stars to Berlin and Babelsberg. For this rendition of the Musketeers we’ve got Logan Lerman of Percy Jackson fame(?), Orlando Bloom, Christopher Waltz, Milla Jovovich and a wealth of good supporting actors like Luke Evans, Matthew Macfayden and Ray Stevenson. One can question the wisdom of doing this film for the umpteenth time, especially since the last one in 2001 was a kung-foo, Matrix-inspired, whimsical, modern take called The Musketeer, and it bombed. But one thing is for sure, with the beautiful scenerey and production value it will make it clear to all in the movie business that Germany has arrived. This is not to be confused with the upcoming 3 Musketeers – a so-called mockbuster leeching off publicity surrounding the other film. It does have a wicked tagline though: “All for one… and guns for all.” Nice.

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