Move over, Aladdin! Another Arabian Nights hero is getting a brand-new live-action movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Studio 8 has won the bidding war for a new Sinbad fantasy movie with a script to be penned by Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Mind Games), with Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) locked in to sit in the director’s chair.
Sapochnik (True Detective, Fringe, House) is the dude who helmed the awesome Season 6 Game of Thrones episode “Battle of the Bastards,” as well as “The Winds of Winter.” He also directed the Jon Snow vs. the White Walkers battle-heavy episode “Hardhome” the previous year. Next up? Marvel and Netflix’s hotly anticipated Iron Fist series. Oh, and talking about the streaming giant, Killen also penned the live-action adaptation of popular manga series Death Note for Netflix.
About the new Sinbad movie, Studio 8 said:
“Sinbad was a rare comprehensive and engaging pitch which lends itself to an international audience and big visual set pieces but also distinct and unique actor roles for a diverse cast of characters. This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment to working closely with filmmakers on the re-imagination of genres.”
A Middle Eastern fictional hero who had Baghdad as his home base, Western audiences met Sinbad the Sailor in The Arabian Nights, where readers followed the cunning sailor’s many seafaring adventures to far-off magical lands, where he would meet monsters and fantastic creatures and the like.
This won’t be the first Sinbad movie to hit the big screen. Hollywood’s made a couple already (there were even two TV series: one in the 1990s and the other in 2012), but the most famous is, without a doubt, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. The 1958 movie featured the fantastic stop-motion work of Ray Harryhausen (who also worked on The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger in the 1970s). Remember that battle sequence between the cyclops and the dragon? That was sweet. But don't just take my word for it. Take a look below.
What do you think about a new live-action Sinbad movie coming to the big screen?