Warner Bros. has acquired a 90-page "script-ment" from new writer David Weil that lays out a massive seven-movie franchise based on the inter-connected stories from The Arabian Nights.
The writer's vision is to re-imagine these classic stories, which are in the public domain, as period tales that have modern themes for a big-budget CGI fantasy adventure tentpole. The "script-ment" is essentially a bible for what David Weil sees as a long-running franchise.
3 Arts, the production company run by producer Erwin Stoff, represents the writer and brought the project to Warner Bros., where they collaborated on numerous projects including the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise.
The Arabian Nights, a.k.a. One Thousand and One Nights, dates back centuries ago, with the first English-language version published in 1706. The Arabian Nights is a compilation of numerous folks stories from ancient Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore.
The main "frame story" centers on Persian king who discovers that both his wife and his brother's wife have been unfaithful and has them executed. For several years, he starts marrying young virgins, executing them the next morning before they can betray him. When the king's "vizier," whose duty it is to find these virgins, cannot find anymore, the vizier's daughter offers herself as the next bride, but before he can execute her, she tells him a story which she does not conclude. The king postpones the execution so he can hear the end, but every time she ends a story, she starts a new one. This forces the king to keep postponing the execution for one thousand and one nights as she keeps telling new tales.
It isn't known which of these stories the Warner Bros. franchise will draw from, but stories such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor are among the classic tales.