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PASADENA — The Four Musketeers are alive and well thanks to Tom Spezialy’s new CBS action drama Chaos.
The creator/exec producer said the Musketeers films of the 1970s greatly influenced the rookie series starring Freddy Rodriguez, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Close and James Murray.
“I’d always been a big fan of The Four Musketeers and wanted to do an updating of it,” he said Friday during TCA. “I was doing research for another CIA show and reading about the story of an operative. On the cover it said, ‘They spent a lot of money, killed a lot of people and accomplished nothing.’ ”
Spezialy noted that he went back and rewatched Richard Lester’s Four Musketeers films from the ’70s to get into the proper “mindset” before writing the pilot for Chaos.
“It can be quiet at times or silly at times,” he said, adding that Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne and Mike Nichols also influenced him on the series.
Spezialy also noted that the series, which filmed in Vancouver, isn’t a parody of real CIA operatives and will focus more on the action and the team’s ability improvise rather than the heavy technology that’s typically featured on other series.
Chaos premieres April 1 on CBS.
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