Saturday, January 16, 2010

Arabian Nights 3D - 2011

Next year another Nights movie will be being released if all goes according to plan, according to several sources, thanks to Paul for bringing this up.

The new film is allegedly based on the 1942 film Arabian Nights which was a technicolor Orientalistic Hollywood Blockbuster starring Sabu and Maria Montez (and Shemp of Three Stooges fame!). The 1942 movie had nothing to do with any of the Nights' stories as far as I can tell besides using some names like Sheherazade and Ali Baba (but ultimately I suppose that makes it part of the Nights canon regardless).

Here is the trailer for the original 1942 film:

The new film is reportedly ( going to be shot in 3D and is directed and co-written by Chuck Russell, director of The Scorpion King among being associated with many other films. At $70 million USD it's likely to be on a blockbuster scale (maybe for next summer?).

Regardless, the Nights lives on, better than ever I suppose.

More info on the upcoming film:

Chuck Russell -


Variety -

Cinematical "Pre"-review -

1 comment:

  1. Hello! My name is Dana, and I am currently acting the role of Ittifaq in the North American premiere of British playwright, Charles Way's play, "Sinbad: The Untold Tale."
    Inspired by the dramaturgy of the culture, and the current revolutions in the Middle East, I wrote an essay, recently published in Quint Magazine.. I think you would enjoy the content, check it out when you have a chance, at

    I am hoping to audition for Arabian Nights (although the last article you linked was dissapointing!) or the SkyTV Series, Sinbad, this summer!