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One Thousand and One Nights to hit big screen

5th November 2009

The classic One Thousand and One Nights is to be given a Hollywood makeover in a new 3D film, it has been claimed.

According to Variety, Chuck Russell, who was responsible for productions such as The Scorpion King and The Mask, is to direct the film and has co-written its script with Barry P Ambrose.

The classic tale, which introduced stories including Ali Baba and The 40 Thieves, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp to the world, will be given a new spin in the Arabian Nights film.

A young military commander will attempt to rescue heroine Scheherazade and her kingdom with help from Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie - with their adventures shown in 3D.

Russell told the publication: '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.'

The production is being backed by Inferno Entertainment, which has given the project a USD 70 million (GBP 42 million) budget.

Last month, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that two Luke Rhinehart novels - Naked Before the World and The Search for the Dice Man - will be made into feature films by producer Andrew Bonner-Walter.

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