– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It seems like only days ago I mentioned how HBO’s Game of Thrones seems to have become a launchpad for directors. Oh wait. It was.

Well, it’s happened again. A major studio is working on an ambitious project, and they’ve turned to Game of Thrones to find someone to helm it. This time the property is Sinbad, and the director is Miguel Sapochnik. 

Sinbad is one of the most enduring fantasy heroes in all of literature, and Studio 8 is hoping to put together a new film based on him with the hope of striking gold. 

Sinbad was a rare comprehensive and engaging pitch which lends itself to an international audience and big visual set pieces but also distinct and unique actor roles for a diverse cast of characters,” Studio 8 said yesterday. “This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment to working closely with filmmakers on the re-imagination of genres.”

It’s interesting to see them hit on that buzzword: Diversity. They’re right, of course, a faithful take on the material will require actors from many kinds of ethnic backgrounds. The original Sinbad tales came from the Middle East, and then crossed over to the West in “The Arabian Nights.” Sinbad, the character, comes from Baghdad. 

While it’s common for us to simply refer to someone like Sapochnik as “a Game of Thrones director,” sometimes it’s cool to pinpoint which episodes we can thank them for. In the case of Sapochnik, he actually directed the two most recent ones: “The Battle of The Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” 

Those were both terrific bits of entertainment, with a great balance of everything.

But, often, a director is only as good as the material they have to work with. So who has Studio 8 tapped to write Sinbad? His name is Kyle Killen, and he’s known for TV series like Lone Star and Mind Games. In terms of his cinematic endeavors, Killen wrote the Mel Gibson flick The Beaver as well as the upcoming adaptation of Death Note.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.