Sony taps writer for ‘Sinbad’

John J. McLaughlin to pen reimagined take on adventure

Sony Pictures is setting sail on “Sinbad” again, tapping “Black Swan” scribe John J. McLaughlin to pen a reimagined version of the classic adventure tale that the studio has been developing for years.

Neal Moritz (“Total Recall”) is producing the pic through his shingle Original Film, whose Toby Jaffe will likely exec produce.

Family-friendly film is expected to concern the mysterious eighth voyage of legendary sailor Sinbad and his crew, who are on a quest to find Aladdin’s lamp.

McLaughlin will aim to distinguish “Sinbad” from similar adventure fare such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prince of Persia.”

While the long-gestating project is currently without a director, the property has attracted a number of helmers over the years, including John Singleton, Rob Cohen and, most recently, Adam Shankman, who signed on to direct back in December 2008.

McLaughlin was nominated for a WGA Award for co-writing the original script “Black Swan” with Andres Heinz and Mark Heyman. Scribe, who recently penned A&E’s upcoming miniseries “Coma,” also wrote Sacha Gervasi’s Fox Searchlight pic “Hitchcock” and Taylor Hackford’s thriller “Parker,” which stars Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.

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