Director Sets Sails for Sinbad

After trolling the waters of development hell for a few years, Columbia Pictures’ new Sinbad movie appears closer to actually being made. The studio is in talks with Adam Shankman to develop and direct its fantasy epic The 8th Voyage of Sinbad, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Neal Moritz of Original Film is producing the movie, which will involve animated monsters and other mythical elements, much like the earlier Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.

Inspired by the 1958 classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The 8th Voyage of Sinbad reportedly has the famous Persian sailor and crew marooned off the coast of China on a quest to find the Lamp of Aladdin when they cross paths with a beautiful princess afoul of a Chinese general with ill intent. The most recent version of the story was penned by screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Sellek Wibberley.

Directors John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) and Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) have each been attached to the project at one time, with actors Keanu Reeves and Vin Diesel ready to suit up in the title role. There’s no word on which actors Shankman is considering for Sinbad.

Shankman most recently directed the upcoming Adam Sandler family fantasy Bedtime Stories, which opens on Christmas Day. His previous efforts include the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner and the drama A Walk to Remember. He plans to also produce Sinbad with producing partner Jennifer Gibgot and Toby Jaffe.