The Natural Studios, Ben. Grass and Christophe Charlier today confirm they are collaborating on a new reimagining of The Count of Monte Cristo. Written by Tom Williams (Kajaki, Base, Chalet Girls), Monte Cristo will create a completely fresh and modern take on the timeless classic.
Set in the present day, the film focuses on the friendship and bitter rivalry that develops between two special forces soldiers who are sent to war in Afghanistan. The film acts as the first foray into scripted feature films for The Natural Studios (Into the Wild with Bear Grylls) following its partnership with Banijay Group in 2019.
Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman said: “We loved the idea of updating this universally-loved story of friendships, betrayal and revenge, and were completely taken by Tom Williams’ original and innovative take. This is action adventure storytelling at its finest and celebrates above all, resilience and redemption.”
Ben Grass and Christophe Charlier said: “It’s an honour to collaborate with Bear, Del and Tom, on this fresh reworking of the Alexandre Dumas classic. We aim to create a captivating action film with great scale and sweep that is certain to thrill global audiences.”
The producers will shortly enter talent discussions with a view to film in 2021. The project will be produced by Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman for The Natural Studios, and Ben Grass and Christophe Charlier.