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BENDIS!
12-17-2008, 04:33 PM
Adam Shankman on voyage to 'Sinbad'
In final negotiations to develop and direct
By Borys Kit

Dec 17, 2008, 07:42 PM ET
Adam Shankman is in final negotiations to develop and direct "The 8th Voyage of Sinbad," Columbia's retelling of the classic myth featuring Sinbad the Sailor. Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Film banner.

The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the Lamp of Aladdin. Along the way they meet a beautiful empress and do battle with fantastical creatures and a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom. Cormac and Marianne Sellek Wibberley wrote the most recent draft.

Toby Jaffe is exec producing along with Shankman and his producing partner Jennifer Gibgot.

In its continuing journey to the screen, the project has had a voyage as long as Sinbad's, with John Singleton and Rob Cohen previously attached to direct, and Keanu Reeves and Vin Diesel attached to star.

While many Sinbad tales have made it to the screen, perhaps the best known is the 1958 film "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," which featured special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Shankman has been slowly but surely climbing up the director's rung in terms of budget and scope, with "Voyage," a tentpole fantasy adventure being a far cry from the helmer's early flicks such as Columbia's rom-com "The Wedding Planner" and the Warners drama "A Walk to Remember." Shankman's latest, "Bedtime Stories" starring Adam Sandler, is a comedy fantasy about a man whose nighttime stories come true. The movie opens Christmas Day. UTA-repped Shankman also recently returned to his musical roots, directing "Prop 8: The Musical."
Adam Shankman on voyage to 'Sinbad'
In final negotiations to develop and direct
By Borys Kit

Dec 17, 2008, 07:42 PM ET

Adam Shankman is in final negotiations to develop and direct "The 8th Voyage of Sinbad," Columbia's retelling of the classic myth featuring Sinbad the Sailor. Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Film banner.

The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the Lamp of Aladdin. Along the way they meet a beautiful empress and do battle with fantastical creatures and a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom. Cormac and Marianne Sellek Wibberley wrote the most recent draft.

Toby Jaffe is exec producing along with Shankman and his producing partner Jennifer Gibgot.

In its continuing journey to the screen, the project has had a voyage as long as Sinbad's, with John Singleton and Rob Cohen previously attached to direct, and Keanu Reeves and Vin Diesel attached to star.

While many Sinbad tales have made it to the screen, perhaps the best known is the 1958 film "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," which featured special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Shankman has been slowly but surely climbing up the director's rung in terms of budget and scope, with "Voyage," a tentpole fantasy adventure being a far cry from the helmer's early flicks such as Columbia's rom-com "The Wedding Planner" and the Warners drama "A Walk to Remember." Shankman's latest, "Bedtime Stories" starring Adam Sandler, is a comedy fantasy about a man whose nighttime stories come true. The movie opens Christmas Day. UTA-repped Shankman also recently returned to his musical roots, directing "Prop 8: The Musical."

The Cheap-Arse Film Critic
12-17-2008, 04:35 PM
Well done that man.

Patch
12-21-2008, 03:14 AM
This could be great, escapist fun or embarassingly dumb.

Would like the lead to be a relative unknown or someone with a 'middle eastern' or exotic flavor because the standard-handsome-white actor as Sinbad seems a bit hokey today-- even for a movie of this type.

Foolish Mortal
12-21-2008, 04:34 AM
This could be great, escapist fun or embarassingly dumb.

Would like the lead to be a relative unknown or someone with a 'middle eastern' or exotic flavor because the standard-handsome-white actor as Sinbad seems a bit hokey today-- even for a movie of this type.
Naveen Andrews...
http://i42.tinypic.com/244z0r6.jpg


Unfortunately knowing Hollywood, they might be scared of having a non-American, non-white lead and want someone with more star-cred like Johnny Depp. :bored:

Patch
12-21-2008, 05:13 AM
Naveen Andrews...
http://i42.tinypic.com/244z0r6.jpg




Good pick!