Phillip Noyce Remaking 1936 Pirate Flick Captain Blood
by Alex Billington
December 3, 2008
Pirates are still in! Warner Brothers is remaking the 1935 swashbuckling pirate film Captain Blood that starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. Phillip Noyce, of Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Catch a Fire, is set to direct and John Brownlow, of Sylvia and quite a few in-development projects, will write the screenplay. The original film, set in the 1600s, told the the story of a doctor who was convicted of treason and sold into slavery before he escaped to the high seas as a pirate. Obviously Warner Brothers is taking a cue from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise…
I've never seen Captain Blood (do you know anyone that has?), but the tagline for it says that it's "the most magnificent and thrilling sea adventure ever filmed." I damn well hope so! I am, however, quite concerned about Phillip Noyce. I didn't even think he could still direct? He's been laying low ever since Catch a Fire, but has quite a few other projects lined up, including Above Suspicion and Edwin A. Salt. I really didn't even know Noyce could still direct action like this? Or are we destined to see a mellower, more dramatic pirate movie this time around? I'll be very curious to see how this turns out in the end, that's for sure.