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Monday, November 29, 2010

Bennett and Brisley: "Sinbad And The Minotaur"

Syfy has picked up TV rights to air "Sinbad And The Minotaur", a sword 'n sorcery feature starring Manu Bennett ("Spartacus: Blood And Sand") in 2011 as part of Syfy's 'Saturday Original Movies' series.

The action fantasy follows 'Sinbad' and his shipmates as they battle against the vicious 'minotaur' of Greek mythology, a hybrid of man and bull that stalks a labyrinth on the isle of Minos.

"...'Sinbad', armed with rumors of ancient gold, finds himself sneaking into the desert camp of the evil sorcerer 'Al-Jibar'. Hidden among the many relics is an ivory scroll case containing the logs of the pirate 'Captain Minos', which will lead Sinbad to the golden head of the 'Colossus of Rhodes'..."

American World Pictures, producers of Syfy's "Pterodactyl" and "Yeti", is producing "Sinbad," with Karl Zwicky directing from a screenplay by Jim Noble.

Australian actress Holly Brisley co-stars in "Minotaur" as 'Tara'.

The film's action involves sword fighting for Bennett, who showed his prowess as the gladiator 'Crixus' in "Spartacus: Blood And Sand".

"The idea is that Sinbad, as a sailor, will have picked up bits and pieces of different fighting styles in his travels," said Bennett.

Bennett said he spent prep time mastering Sinbad's unique fighting style, designed specifically for the film, drawing on a mix of Chinese sword choreography, stick fighting, European rapier and bar-room brawling.

"We took the familiar elements of Sinbad -- his bravery and his sense of adventure -- and basically built a roller-coaster ride of a film around him," said producer Dale Bradley. "The sets and costumes have a bold, modern edge and our computer-generated minotaur is more 'Arabian Nightmare' than Arabian Nights."

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