Brownlow's pen mighty enough for sword redo


John Brownlow had been tapped to write "Captain Blood," Warner Bros.' remake of the 1935 swashbuckler that Phillip Noyce is attached to direct.

The Oscar-nominated pirate movie starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone and was based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini. Set in the 1600s, it tells the story of a doctor who is convicted for treason, sold into slavery and escapes to the high seas as a pirate.

Warners is developing the project as a possible U.K.-Australia co-production. Bill Gerber is producing. Warner Bros. Prods.' Matt Reilly and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for the studio.

Brownlow wrote 2003's "Sylvia," starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. He also has several projects set up around town, including "Sabbatical" at Disney, with Jennifer Garner attached to star; "The Hero" at Miramax, with Julian Farino attached to direct; and the adaptation of the action-thriller book "The Phoenix" at Universal.

Brownlow is repped by Endeavor and Benderspink. (partialdiff)