John Brownlow Penning Captain Blood

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Variety says Warner Bros. Pictures has hired John Brownlow to write its remake of the classic swashbuckler Captain Blood, produced by Bill Gerber.

The project is being developed by Philip Noyce with an eye toward directing. Warner is developing the film as a possible U.K./Australian co-production.

Errol Flynn starred in the 1935 original, directed by Michael Curtiz, as a doctor wrongly sentenced to slavery in the Caribbean, where he and his comrades become avenging pirates. It was nominated for the best picture Oscar.

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