I have a special place in my heart for The Count of Monte Cristo. So when I found out through via Deadline that Jack Huston, who has been in Fargo and House of Gucci, was casted as writer and actor in a new adaptation, I got pretty excited.
Huston will be playing the lead role of Nicholas Cristo, a man who is ‘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.’
Those who are familiar with the story will be a bit jarred by the name of the main character in this adaptation, as this describes Edmond Dantès, the protagonist of The Count of Monte Cristo, who was imprisoned for fourteen years on false treason charges, escaped, gained a fortune, and returned to France for revenge.
The main character’s name alteration is not the only change, however. Whereas the novel was set in France, this retelling will take place in Asia and North America.
Other names attached to this project are director Stephen Fung, known for work like Into The Badlands, and executive producers Ian Duncan and Simon Boyes. Brandon Zimmon, Colin Scully, and Alex Westmore will oversee film production.
Written by Alexandre Dumas, who is famous for stories like The Three Musketeers, The Man In the Iron Mask, and Les Misérables, the revenge and redemption tale of Edmond Dantès has inspired several adaptations and stories. V For Vendetta’s lead character V was wrongfully imprisoned, and he now seeks out revenge on the government officials who were responsible for the experimentation and imprisonment of himself and others. The Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King, also has a character who was wrongfully imprisoned who escapes from prison. Additionally, The Count of Monte Cristo also has several manga adaptations–one of which is science fiction and involves space travel (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, for those who are interested).
While we wait for this new adaptation, consider taking a look at one of the aforementioned adaptations or reading the primary text!