Chuck Russell

‘Arabian Nights’ Secures Backing from Kazak Film

As director Chuck Russell gears up to shoot his '1001 Arabian Nights' adaptation, simply titled Arabian Nights, in Kazakhstan, that central Asian state's own Kazakh Film has stepped in to provide backing on the project, putting up close to $10 million.

Chuck Russell decided to shoot the $70 million film in Kazakhstan after location scouting for more than a year. Arabian Nights, which stars Liam Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins, will begin production this June.

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Anthony Hopkins to Join ‘Arabian Nights’ Hopkins is in negotiations to play the villain in the new remake of the 1942 classic Arabian Nights, directed by Chuck Russell.

According to Heat Vision, Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad's love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.

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