A New Series is Coming about the Pirate Sandokan, Starring a Turkish Star

A New Series is Coming about the Pirate Sandokan, Starring a Turkish Star

It has been over 20 years since the Malaysian Tiger had a series on television. This new interpretation of the story will feature Can Yaman in the lead role. The 31-year-old Turkish actor is one of the biggest stars in Turkey.


The adventures of Sandokan are going back to a series. The iconic 19th-century pirate, created in literature in 1883 by Italian Emilio Salgari, whose first television adaptation was made in 1976, will have his own series that may premiere later this year.

The news was made known in late December, around the same time it was learned that it would be played by Can Yaman, the Turkish star of "Erkenci Kus" and "Bay Yanlis" productions.



Although some free creative freedom is being taken in the writing of the story, it is well known that this new series will largely be a reinterpretation of "Sandokan: The Tiger of Malaysia," the original 1976 series that at the time elevated Kabir Bedi, the lead character, to Bollywood stardom at the time. The success of the series was such that, with only six episodes, it was sold to more than 85 countries around the world, giving rise to series-sequels and even animated versions of the story.

Like the series that followed the 1976 series, which ended in 1998, this one will also focus on the figure of Sandokan, a fearless pirate who stands up to the colonial power of the Dutch and British empires throughout Southeast Asia.

In addition to Can Yaman, one of Turkey's best-known actors and the one who is attracting the most fans across the country, this new series will also feature Italian actor Luca Argentero, from the film "Eat, Pray, Love", who will play Yanez, Sandokan's faithful companion.

The reinterpretation of the 1976 cult series is being written by Alessandro Sermoneta ("Devils") and Davide Lantieri ("The Guest") and both promise a "fresh and modern approach to the fantastic and dangerous world of Salgari" where Sandokan moves, writes "Variety" magazine.

Production on the series, still without an announced title, began earlier this year and it is hoped that it could premiere in late 2021.

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