Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Elsewhere...Harryhausen's Sinbad sails without Harryhausen

In lieu of actual content today, I hope you're okay with my pointing you to this week's Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs post:
Bluewater sent out a press release last week to announce that Morningside Entertainment has optioned the film rights to Bluewater’s Sinbad: Rogue of Mars comic from 2007. There are several interesting things about that.

According to the press release, Morningside has optioned the comic in order to adapt it into a feature film for 2012. Not a reboot, the movie is intended to be an extension of the Sinbad films that started with 1958’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and continued into the ‘70s with The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.

The release went on to quote Executive Producer Barry Schneer as saying that Rogue of Mars would be the first film in a new trilogy. “I’m thrilled to continue the amazing legacy my uncle, Charles Schneer began with 7th Voyage and to bring to the screen the Sinbad movie that he and Ray Harryhausen never got to make.”

Since Bluewater published Sinbad: Rogue of Mars as part of its Ray Harryhausen Presents line of comics, I started wondering how this fit together and who owned the rights to what. I assumed that Morningside already owned at least a portion of the rights to the Sinbad films. Since Rogue of Mars was based on those movies, why would Morningside need to option the story from a comic book company that had bought the license from them in the first place? What exactly was Morningside optioning? And how does Ray Harryhausen himself fit into all of this?
I asked questions and got some answers, all of which you can read in the link.


Mike D. said...

Well...I believe Sinbad...being a character like 100 years old is public domain.
But the Harryhausen not.
The character of you know...was from 1001 nights of Sheharizad.....or 1001 Arabian nights. There were More Sinbad stories than there were any other character...Aladdin or Ali Baba and so on.
So anyone really can produce a Sinbad story...I believe.
However.....would it sell.
I'm pretty interested in reading this new one.
But the Harryhausen stuff I think were supposed to be true to the film adaptations and so on.
Just my 25 cents.

Kal said...

You know how much I love 'Golden Voyage of Sinbad' so I am into any bigscreen remake. I so wish they could go more retro with the creature effects though. The ones that Harryhausen did back in the 70s are still perfect for those types of fims today. I watched 'Golden Voyage' with two six year olds a few weeks ago and you would think they would be totally hating on the goofy stop motion having been raised on modern CGI but they squeeled and demanded an immediate re-watch after seeing the fim.

Michael May said...

I know what you mean. My son loved the original Clash of the Titans. Except for Medusa who was Too Scary.

Kal said...

Great icon BTW.

The kids I watched with were freaked out by the centaur/cyclops with all his roaring and grunting.

Michael May said...

Thanks. That's a portrait of me by Grant Gould. I think he totally captured the likeness.

Kal said...

Does he do commissions? I love that image of you.

Michael May said...

Yeah, he does. I don't know what his workload is like right now, but if you email him, he'll give you an honest time estimate.

You can contact him at

Christopher Mills said...

Sinbad is indeed in the public domain, so hey, cool. The more Sinbad, the better.

I just hope that if the movie of "Rogue of Mars," (which apparently wasn't even Harryhausen's "Sinbad on Mars" story?) is actually produced, it's more interesting than the comic, the first issue of which was the most boring comic book I've read in my life. (It didn't help that the art and coloring was incomprehensible, too.)

Actually, that should have been my first clue that it wasn't actually Ray's story....

Michael May said...

I haven't read it, because I couldn't get past the art, but yeah: it wasn't Harryhausen's story.


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