This is one of those puzzling projects about which almost no information exists, but that I’m strangely excited about. Like many of you (probably not Dustin, since he has no soul), I’ve got incredibly fond memories of the old genre films featuring the effects of master stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, creator of Dynamation. The most memorable ones are the original, non-shitty Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, Mighty Joe Young, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. That last one is probably my favorite, and it’s also the reason I’m curious about Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage.
Developed by Giant Film Flicks and directed by David Winning (who has a series of SyFy movies to his name), it’s also narrated by Patrick Stewart and stars Shahin Sean Solimon as the titular Sinbad. It claims to be inspired by The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, a compilation of Middle Eastern folk tales, of which “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor” is but one of many. According to IMDB, the film is described thusly:
When the Sultan’s first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her.
The trailer looks spartan, low-budget, and kind of silly. But what what warms my little heart is that the effects are decidedly old-school, and in fact are done using Harryhausen’s Dynamation techniques. Harryhausen, who just turned 90, is a clear source of inspiration, and is given a very special thanks in the film’s credits.
It’s unlikely this is going to make it into theaters, but whatever venue it shows up in, I’ll give it a shot. For nostalgia’s sake, if nothing else.
Check out the teaser trailer: