According to Deadline, Constantin Film is currently in the process of developing a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French novel The Count of Monte Cristo, which centers around a man seeking revenge for his wrongful imprisonment. Jack Huston (Fargo, American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) has been tapped for the leading role of Nicolas Cristo. Huston is also set to pen the adaptation, with Into the Badlands filmmaker Stephen Fung attached to helm the project.
“It has long been a dream of ours to take what we consider to be one of the great works of literature and present it to a modern audience in a unique and compelling way,” Huston along with executive producers Ian Duncan and Simon Boyes said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to have partnered with Constantin, Stephen, and Tea Shop to reimagine this incredible story and bring it to life.”
Fung added, “I am thrilled to board this journey with Jack, Ian, Simon, and Constantin. I believe we share the same passion and excitement to reimagine this classic tale of revenge and redemption.”
Constantin Films’ new adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo will follow Nicolas Cristo who is being described as a man broken, betrayed, and locked away for over a decade, fighting to bring justice to a world even more cruel and corrupt than the one that was taken from him. This new take is expected to take the story through Asia and the U.S.
The film will be executive produced by Huston, Fung, Ian Duncan, and Simon Boyes, along with Oliver Berben and Robert Kulzer. Constantin’s Brandon Zimon, Colin Scully, and Alex Westmore are set to oversee the project.
The Count of Monte Cristo has been adapted into film and TV a number of times now, dating back to 1908 up until 2018. This includes Paul Schrader’s 1999 film adaptation titled Forever Mine, starring Joseph Fiennes and Ray Liotta, as well as Kevin Reynolds’ 2002 film starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pierce, the late Helen McCrory, and a then 18-year-old Henry Cavill in one of his earlier films.