Spierig Brothers Set to Bring Us 'Captain Blood' in Space?
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2009
Last December it was announced that Phillip Noyce would be directing a remake of the 1935 swashbuckler pirate classic Captain Blood. Variety announces that Noyce is off the project and has been replaced by Michael and Peter Spierig, the two Australian brothers behind the upcoming Daybreakers movie. But there's a twist - the Spierig's Captain Blood will be set in space. Warner Brothers heard numerous tired pitches off and on, but "when I took a look at [the Spierig's] animatic depiction of a pirate battle in space, it had such a distinctive visual look to it that I said, 'Great, I get it'," producer Bill Gerber explained. Read on!
Gerber says that despite the radical period and venue switch, the film will be fairly faithful to a plot in which the doctor, Peter Blood, joins up with a French pirate (played in the original by Basil Rathbone), only to clash with the buccaneer when the woman he loves (Olivia de Havilland) is captured by the pirate skipper. "There are some things you don't mess with, and that is as classic a movie storyline as you will ever find." So you can't mess with the story, but you can take the entire movie and set it in space? We'll see if that holds up. To be honest, I'm excited to see them re-imagine the original than just remake it exactly the same. You?