Sky1 will be presenting a 13-part series of Sinbad, currently filming in Malta and will be shown in 2012.
Starring newcomer Elliot Night in the title role who will be joined by Lost’s Naveen Andrews as bad guy Lord Akbari, with guest star appearances for Sophie Okonedo and Timothy Spall. The Providence’s crew features Norwegian Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), jewel thief Rina (Marama Corlett), the aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels), the Cook (Junix Inocian) and the doctor, Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).
"The new production promises a 21st century take on the classic 8th century iconic hero, Sinbad, reinvigorating the hero’s adventures for a contemporary audience.
On the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother, the streetwise Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea. Surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his intriguing fellow ship-mates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Our flawed hero embarks on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny. When mystical meets muscle anything can happen.
Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama at Sky 1 HD commented: “Our Sinbad is 21, reckless, utterly charming and cursed. Mysticism, magic, monsters and high octane action adventure, this Sinbad is always exciting and sometimes challenging. This unique series will have the ambition of Lost, the pace of 24 and take the viewer to visually stunning locations on both sea and land. Sky’s Sinbad will be a multi-layered series for today’s prime time audience.”"