Well, this project seems to have come out of nowhere: in an article from The Australian – detailing plans to revitalize Queensland’s struggling film industry – there was mention that Hugh Jackman might be helping out. Apparently there are plans to shoot a “romantic adventure pirate film,” starring Hugh, to help bring business and money back to the state. Not sure if this is actually true, as it seems Hugh already has a lot on his docket for 2012, but we’ll soon find out. Here’s more information on the project:
Described by the producers as “a romantic adventure pirate film,” The Sea Hawk is a reworking of the 1940 movie of the same name. Jackman will take the lead role played by dashing Aussie actor Errol Flynn in the original. The character’s name was Captain Geoffrey Thorpe, but is based on Sir Francis Drake.
It will be directed by Martin Campbell, whose previous box-office hits include two James Bond movies – Casino Royale and Golden Eye – plus Green Lantern and The Mask of Zorro.
The new script was written by Australian Mark Pennell, a former actor who appeared in TV series, “Neighbours.”