“Night at the Museum” director Shawn Levy is set to direct the adventure comedy “40 Thieves” for 20th Century Fox.
Described as a reimagining of the classic “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” story, the original ‘Arabian Nights’ tale follows a poor woodcutter who discovers treasure in a band of thieves’ secret den after he gains access using the phrase “Open Sesame”.
Adventure follows after the clan finds that their treasure has been uncovered and begin a pursuit of Baba. Jayson Rothwell penned the script with Bernie Goldman producing.
Fox aims to turn the project into a four-quadrant tentpole that aims to yield “Maleficent” or “Alice in Wonderland” style success.