According to Deadline they are spinning up another new project at Walt Disney Pictures. This time it is a new spin on a classic tale. The Middle East folk tale collection One Thousand And One Nights is in their sights but with a new spin.


Holding the title 1001 Nights, they are describing the project as an original story with an original take, but drawn from the pages of the ancient stories. This original take is rumored to be a sci-fi twist.

One Thousand and One Nights is a compilation, originally written in Arabic, during the Islamic Golden Age. In the West we often incorrectly refer to it as Arabian Nights, due to a mistranslation in the first English edition when it was named as The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment.

It pulls together stories from Arabic, Egyptian, Sanskrit, Persian, and Mesopotamian cultures, even Indian works.


One constant is the framing device of the story – the ruler Shahryār being narrated the tales by his wife Scheherazade. One other strange historical quirk is the fact that the most famous stories we assume are part of this collection – Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and The Seven Voyages Of Sinbad The Sailor, were all not originally part of the collection and were added under Western influence over later dates

This new version is being written by Arash Amel (Rise, Outside The Wire) who will also executive produce. The project not be related to any existing Disney properties such as Aladdin.


Amel will start work on this when he completes Amazon Studios’ Fred & Ginger starring Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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