This in from Seattle PI.com and film.com:
(Entire article at link, excerpt below):
I like how the writer mentions the material is in the public domain!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Last updated 5:19 p.m. PT
Big Hitter: The Fame Trailer, The Duel II, The Thieves of Baghdad, and The Three Stooges
By LAREMY LEGEL
"Also, our own Cole Haddon has officially signed a screenwriting deal. Here's the big news, from Variety:
"Warners will also develop "Thieves of Baghdad," a 10th century family adventure steeped in the world of the Arabian Nights, with Cole Haddon writing the script. Shaye sparked to Haddon's take on the original collection of folk tales "One Thousand and One Nights," which is in the public domain. It is a film that weaves Sinbad, Ali Baba, flying carpets, sword fights and genies in urns.
I definitely like where that's headed. I grew up on Aladdin; I think audiences are ready for an Arabian Nights-style film. I worry a little that Jake Gyllenhaal's Prince of Persia will step on the material a bit, but Haddon is a good enough writer to bring a freshness to whatever he chooses. I think, much like with Pirates of the Caribbean, that there's a huge gritty mysticism angle to explore with the source material. Something to wow families and yet intrigue adults. Why not? If you're going to remake something at least go with classic material that's stood the test of centuries."