Thursday, July 24, 2008

Captain Blood

The director of action hits such as Clear and Present Danger, Catch a Fire and many others, Phillip Noyce is taking on a remake of Captain Blood, the iconic tale of swashbuckling and puffy shirts.
The Academy Award-nominated pirate movie starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone and was based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini. Set in the 1600s, it tells the story of a doctor who is convicted for treason against the King of England, sold into slavery and escapes to high seas as a pirate. (The book also was adapted in 1924 by the Vitagraph Co.)
I'm pretty excited, my favorite car-chase/explosion sequence from childhood is from Clear and Present Danger, it's so good it was even repeatedly re-purposed for network TV (JAG used footage from it at least twice).

Also, if you haven't seen Catch a Fire, you should do that right now. I don't care what you're doing. Noyce also directed Rabbit-Proof Fence, which has significantly fewer explosions but deals with very serious subject matter in a hugely interesting and poignant way.

More details as they develop.

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