‘Sinbad’ optioned for new film

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Morningside Entertainment, producer of Ray Harryhausen’s “Sinbad” pics, has optioned the film rights to comicbook “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars” from Bluewater Prods. for a proposed movie version targeting a 2012 release.

Bluewater released “Mars,” a continuation of the Sinbad adventures chronicled in the movies, under a licensing agreement with Harryhausen. Paul J. Salamoff, who penned a Bluewater comicbook series continuing the story of “Logan’s Run,” has been tapped to write the film adaptation.

Morningside has teamed with banking partner Pablo Antoniazzi Emaldi of Estrategia Investimentos to structure financing for the pic. “Sinbad” will be exec produced by Morningside’s Barry Schneer, nephew of Morningside founder and frequent Harryhausen producer Charles Schneer.

Storyline’s Sinbad-on-Mars conceit came from an idea that had been kicked around for a potential film that was never made, according to Schneer. Plot follows the titular sailor’s adventures when a Jinn transports Sinbad and his crew to the red planet, where the Jinn’s people have long been imprisoned.

Morningside sees the potential for a new trilogy in the Sinbad property. Schneer said he’s also eyeing other Bluewater titles, including “Clash of the Titans” follow-up “Wrath of the Titans,” for possible screen versions.

First “Sinbad” film, “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” was released in 1958, with “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” following in 1974 and 1977, respectively.

Bluewater’s roster of comicbooks includes stories branded with Hollywood names including William Shatner and Vincent Price.