Sony’s long in development Sinbad (the sailor, not the comedian…) movie is once again showing signs of life – the studio has hired Black Swan writer John J. McLaughlin to craft a screenplay for the long rumored reimagining/updating of the classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
McLaughlin’s been tasked with creating a family-friendly update focusing on the fabled sailor and his quest to find Aladdin’s Lamp. The goal is to launch a tentpole franchise in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean – while maintaining its own identity in the process. The project has flummoxed Sony for years.
While no director is currently attached to the film, John Singleton, Rob Cohen, and Adam Shankman have all been linked to Sinbad at one time or another. Shankman was the most recent of that group – and he was involved way back in 2008, which should give you an idea of just how long Sinbad has been kicking around in development.
We’ll keep you posted if there’s more movement on this project – but given its production history so far, we’d not start queuing up for opening night just yet.