The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser. It was originally proposed in the 1960s as a vehicle for The Beatles, whom Lester had directed in two other films. It was intended to run for three hours, but later it was split into two, the second part becoming 1974s The Four Musketeers. In 1989, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas Twenty Years After.