Production Weekly tweeted that Dwayne Johnson (FASTER, FAST FIVE) might join the cast of ARABIAN NIGHTS, previous info after this jump..
Written by Russell and Barry P. Ambrose, to be directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask, Eraser, The Scorpion King), this 3D action/adventure will star Liam Hemsworth as a young commander who, after his king is killed in a palace coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers. Anthony Hopkins will play Pharotu, “an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.”
ARABIAN NIGHTS originated from an ancient collection of Middle Eastern tales called ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, it’s about queen Scheherazade telling her husband king Shahryar 1001 stories that include characters like Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad, Ja’far and many more. Obviously this version is giving the old tale and the classic characters a.. more exciting treatment.
Financed by Inferno Entertainment with a budget of $70 Million, production is expected to start this summer.