Keanu Reeves is set to board “The 8th Voyage of Sinbad” at Columbia Pictures for helmer Rob Cohen and producer Neal Moritz.
Reeves will star as Sinbad the sailor, the legendary character from “The Arabian Nights.” In the film, set in eighth-century China, Sinbad and his shipmates embark on a quest to find the Lamp of Aladdin. Along the way, they meet a beautiful empress and battle fantastical creatures as well as a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom with his supernatural powers.
Charlie Mitchell is rewriting a script by Cormac and Marianne Wibberly and Tedi Sarafian.
Sinbad pic will not be Col’s first. Special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen took up Sinbad’s story at the studio with “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1974) and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977).
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. starred in the 1947 “Sinbad the Sailor.” Other Sinbads over the years have included Sebastian Cabot, Gene Kelly, Shemp Howard and Lou Ferrigno.
More recently, DreamWorks released an animated film version of the story in 2003, to lackluster box office results.
Reeves stars in the Warner Bros. horror film “Constantine.”
“Sinbad” will be Cohen’s seventh pic with Moritz. The director recently wrapped Col summer tentpole “Stealth,” starring Jamie Foxx. He also helmed Col and Revolution’s “XXX” and Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious.”
Moritz, who was a producer on “Stealth,” recently wrapped “XXX: State of the Union” for Revolution and Col.