After news of Syfy reinvigorating ‘Blake’s 7’ I knew that they were a network after my own heart. Now, Syfy has announced that they have acquired rights to ‘Sinbad,’ the BBC Worldwide America series from Sky1, I’m suspicious whether or not they’re actually reading my thoughts.
‘Sinbad’ is an action-adventure drama which follows the legendary Middle Eastern swashbuckler of same name after he is forced to flee from his home of Basra. The series embraces mystical elements in a tale of seafaring daring-do, starring newcomer Elliot Knight as the titular hero. The twelve-episode series will debut in April 2013, banking on the name-value of the legend of ‘Sinbad’ itself than a recognizable lead to draw viewers in droves.
The supporting cast is more recognizable, as Naveen Andrews (‘Lost’) takes up the role of Sinbad’s nemesis Lord Akbari, which is sure to be a major point of interest for casual viewers. Andrews is joining Timothy Spall (‘The King’s Speech’) and Dougray Scott (‘Mission Impossible II’). Once upon a time, Dougray Scott was a front-runner for the sought-after starring role of Wolverine in ‘X-Men’ which famously catapulted Hugh Jackman to superstardom. Since that near-miss, Scott’s career has swerved into critically acclaimed small films rather than FOX Pictures mutant mayhem, as he appeared in ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ and ‘My Week with Marilyn.’ In ‘Sinbad,’ Scott takes a guest-starring turn, adding some heft to the call sheet for the season.
With ‘Sinbad’ as his first major credit to date, time will tell if Elliot Knight earned the role based on his talent or his muscle. Regardless, his look and physique is undeniable, and Syfy is counting on the action to fill a niche in their line-up. “When mystical meets muscle, anything can happen in this exciting, action-packed series,” said Chris Regina, Syfy’s SVP programming & original movies, to Hollywoodreporter.com.
As Syfy expands their pallet of new series, they’ve certainly captured the attention of a nerd like me. We’ll wait and see if it pays off for regular, employed, less-hopeless people as well.