Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 4, 2009
Ben Child – guardian.co.uk
Director of the Mummy spin-off The Scorpion King signs up to give a new spin to the classic characters of One Thousand and One Nights
It introduced the world to such exotic characters as Aladdin, Sinbad, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Now Hollywood has set its heart on bringing Arabian Nights to the big screen, according to Variety.
Chuck Russell, director of the Mummy spin-off The Scorpion King, is reportedly planning a $70m (£42m) new spin which unites Aladdin and Sinbad on a mission that you wouldn’t find in the original collection of Middle Eastern tales known as One Thousand and One Nights.
According to the synopsis, storyteller Scheherazade needs rescuing after being kidnapped by “dark powers” which have murdered her husband, King Shahryar. Russell has co-written the screenplay with newcomer Barry Ambrose.
“Through the use of a new generation of visual technologies, we will be able to quite literally take audiences around the world on a magic carpet ride,” Russell said.
The project is announced at a time when Hollywood appears to be showing a renewed interest in Middle Eastern fantasy. Videogame adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, from the production team behind the Pirates of the Caribbean series, is due in cinemas in May. The big-budget production stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular hero, alongside Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 17, 2009
Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince of Persia
Mark Gorelord – GoreMaster.com News
The official working title is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and it’s slated for a May 2010 release.
The story,set in medieval Persia, follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. The prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time and it turns out to destroy the kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it’s up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.
The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.
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