A new big screen take on Sinbad the sailor is on the way. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will helm the fantasy adventure from a screenplay by Kyle Killen. Producing the new film are Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
A classic hero of middle-eastern folklore, Sinbad’s role in “One Thousand and One Nights” helped spread his stories throughout the world. Big screen takes on Sinbad date back almost as far as cinema itself. It was in 1958, however, that the best-known movie version debuted with Columbia Pictures’ The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (pictured above). The studio followed it with two sequels (1974’s The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and 1977’s Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), all of which boasted special effects designed by the legendary Ray Harryhausen. A little over a decade ago, DreamWorks Animation released an animated feature, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, which featured the voice talents of Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joseph Fiennes.
Miguel Sapochnik previously directed the 2010 science fiction thriller Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. His small screen credits are far more prolific, Sapochnik having directed episodes of shows like House, Fringe and Under the Dome in addition to his work on HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Last season, Miguel Sapochnik helmed the show’s two final episodes, beginning with the Emmy winning “Battle of the Bastards”.
An official statement regarding this project from Studio 8 read:
“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.”
The Ray Harryhausen Sinbad movies have certainly found their way into pop-culture. Do you think that Sapochnik can capture lightning in a bottle again and bring a new Sinbad to the big screen with the same quality of fun, both in terms of visuals and story, as the Harryhausen movies did? Would you like to see the visuals, while updated, still give a nod to what Harryhausen did? Do you think the film would work better with a darker tone? Can another Sinbad movie be successfully brought to the big screen?
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