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.