At least one production studio — aptly named Giant Flick Films — is hell-bent on ensuring that their addition to a great cinematic tradition will replicate the sort of mythic monsters that made the originals so enchanting.
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (US-2010; dir. David Winning) is a tribute to the work of great stop-motion filmmaker Ray Harryhausen, particularly as evidenced in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. It uses his non-CGI SFX techniques — in particular Dynamation — to bring its monsters to life.
This Cyclopean creature is an obvious homage to Harryhausen’s own Cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, though different enough not to be a mere copy of the original.
You can see him in action in this newly-released trailer.
When the Sultan’s first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her. (IMDb)
Starring as Sinbad is Persian-American actor Shahin Sean Solimon.
The other confirmed actor is Patrick Stewart (of X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation fame).
The trailer and the poster were revealed at the Comic Con just past, where members of the cast gathered to celebrate.
This is definitely one I’ll be keeping an eye out for. It is being advertised as being in theatres on 1 January 2011.
- Sources: Official website; Facebook page; via Todd Tennant
I really want to be excited about this, but two things about the trailer trouble me. First, it should read “Inspired by…” not “Inspired from…” Second, the person doing the titles for the trailer actually mis-spells “Giant” in the “Giant Flicks Films” logo under the film’s title. Doesn’t bode well for the writing.
Don, I’d say the trailer was put together quickly for Comic Con. Anyway, I doubt that the scriptwriter and the marketing copy editor were the same person.
Awesome. This is some impressive stuff. I am really looking forward to picking this one up on DVD, but you say it is getting a theatrical release? Do you mean that it will get a nationwide release? If so, I’ll definitely be marking my calenders for that.
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Tim, a theatrical release is what the production company is saying. How far that release will extent, one never knows.
Hi, Robert, the same team (Ron Cole, etc..) are trying to do another movie using Ray Harryhausen’s art, Dark Earth, thanks to Indiegogo. You can help them by spreading the word.. Sincere salutation https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth-period-set-science-fantasy-adventure