Chuck Russell Directing an Arabian Nights Remake in 3D
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2009
Another day, another remake. Today I am sad to report that the 1942 classic Arabian Nights is going to be ravaged in a $70 million remake being directed by Chuck Russell. Variety reports that Russell, whose credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part III, The Blob, The Mask, Eraser, and The Scorpion King, will be "reworking" Arabian Nights into a 3D film with a "new spin on the classic" story. In this version, we will follow 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. Sounds like it'll be a good time.
"Through the use of a new generation of visual technologies, we will be able to quite literally take audiences around the world on a magic carpet ride," Russell said. I hope that quote gave you chills. I know that their intentions are good for this remake, but this just seems like a huge gimmick, just like Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D. I have never seen the original Arabian Nights, I definitely plan to, but I'm not looking forward to this. I could go on about how Russell, as well, has lost his touch as a director and shouldn't be returning with a $70 million 3D project, but that's a story for another day, I suppose. Anyone excited?