Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired a ninety-page “script-ment” from new scribe David Weil which lays out plans for a seven-film franchise based on the inter-connected stories in the famed folk tale collection “One Thousand and One Nights”.
The plan is to re-imagine these classic (and in the public domain) stories as period-set big-budget CGI fantasy adventure tentpoles with modern themes. The ‘script-ment’ itself is essentially a bible for a potentially long-running franchise which 3 Arts will produce.
A compilation of numerous folks stories from ancient Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore, the famed work includes such stories as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp, The Fisherman and the Jinni and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.
It isn’t known which of these stories the franchise will draw from, or if the framing story of the work involving Scheherazade reciting of the tales to Sultan Shahriyar to avoid execution – will be incorporated.