The man that the Game Of Thrones producers call in when they’ve got a big battle to film, Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardhome”, “Battle Of The Bastards”) is set to direct a new Sinbad movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will be made by Studio 8, the new production company formed by former Warners boss Jeff Rubibov, and distributed by Sony. Producing the new film are Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, the Divergent series) while the script is being written by Kyle Killen, whose also working on the live-action Death Note movie. Killen was the creator of the near-forgotten but actually brilliant TV series Awake (2012), which starred Jason Isaacs as a man living two parallel lives concurrently.
“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,” says a Studio 8 statement. “This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment to working closely with filmmakers on the re-imagination of genres.”
Sinbad was, of course, the inspiration for three Ray Harryhausen movies – The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958), The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger (1977) – as well as Dreamworks’ animated movie Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas (2003), the Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler Sinbad, The Sailor (1947) and cheapie Italian flick Sinbad Of The Seven Seas (1989) starring The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno. There have also been two live-action TV shows, the pretty awful The Adventures Of Sinbad (1996-8) and Sky’s Sinbad (2012) which was just getting good when they cancelled it.
Miguel Sapochnik directed the 2010 SF movie Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, as well as episodes of House, Fringe, Under the Dome and, of course, Game of Thrones.