Are none of the classics sacred? We’ve seen so many films get rebooted, remade, and reimagined that we should have known that nothing could escape Hollywood’s wrath. According to Variety, the famous novel Treasure Island is about to get a facelift and it’s all courtesy of Pirates of the Caribbean and Sherlock Holmes.
Treasure Island’s protagonist, Long John Silver won’t be the version your dad knew and loved, he’s going to be “hipper.” The new film is currently in development at Ecosse Films and they want the character to be similar to Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Sherlock Holmes. They plan on making Silver and the story’s narrator Jim Hawkins the swashbuckling versions of Holmes and his dear Watson. If that sounds over the top, hold on it because it doesn’t stop there.
Treasure Island also wants to capitalize off the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, by upping the action and the fun factor. The script for the reboot will be written by Niall Johnson, who from what I can tell, doesn’t have an expansive resume. Does that worry anyone else out there?
The constant need to play copycat in the film industry is getting really old and it isn’t fair to fans. It’s the equivalent of the old saying, “don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” That means, don’t give me Treasure Island and tell me it’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
What do you think of the studio’s decision to change Treasure Island? Do you think it will help or hurt the film?