Adam Shankman set for two projects

'Sinbad' retelling, Disney's 'Musical' in works

With his fantasy comedy "Bedtime Stories" opening on Christmas Day, Adam Shankman is lining up two movie projects: Disney's "Bob the Musical" will take the helmer back to his musical roots while "The 8th Voyage of Sinbad" will be his biggest film yet in terms of budget and scope.

"Bob" is a musical comedy to be produced by Benderspink's Chris Bender and JC Spink and Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. The Mike Bender-written script follows a mild-mannered man who suddenly hears the "inner song" of people's hearts after being struck in the head.

The project reunites Shankman with Marc Shaiman, his composer for "Hairspray" and the recent internet video, "Prop 8: The Musical." Shaiman is writing the music and lyrics for "Bob."

Shankman is also in negotiations to develop and direct "Sinbad," Columbia's retelling of the classic myth, which it envisions as a bid-budget tentpole. Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Film banner.

The story centers on sailor Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the Aladdin's lamp. Along the way they meet a beautiful empress and do battle with fantastic creatures and a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom. Cormac and Marianne Sellek Wibberley wrote the most recent script draft.

Shankman hopes to kick-start both projects, which have been stuck in neutral. Mark Waters was previously on board to direct "Bob." Both John Singleton and Rob Cohen have been attached to helm the long-gestating "Sinbad," with Keanu Reeves and Vin Diesel attached to star.

Shankman, repped by UTA, has been steadily climbing up the director's rung in terms of budget and scope. The choreographer-turned-helmer's early flicks included Columbia's "The Wedding Planner" and the Warners drama "A Walk to Remember."
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