Jerry Bruckheimer Updates Prince of Persia - Shooting Starts in June
Ever since the idea of a Prince of Persia movie was first announced, I've been making sure to follow it extra closely. I think putting the project in the hands of producer Jerry Bruckheimer is instant success. Just look at what Bruckheimer has done in recent years: National Treasure 1 & 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, "The Amazing Race" on CBS, King Arthur, Bad Boys II, Black Hawk Down. His production value are incredible, and I might be hard-pressed to even say unmatchable. If you imagine all of that put into a Prince of Persia project, you've got instant success. There hasn't been an update on the project since Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) was announced as the director, but Bruckheimer has finally spoken about it.
Our friends at Collider caught up with Bruckheimer during press events for National Treasure: Book of Secrets, due out in a few weeks. Collider started out by asking the ever-so-important question: how they'll make a good movie out of Prince of Persia in a world where video game movies are destined to suck. And what does "the Bruck" respond with?
"We hired a very interesting director, Mike Newell, who did one of the Harry Potter's and also did Donnie Brasco and he's a very inventive, ingenious director and I think he's going to bring something really special to it. We're just starting to... we have a screenplay, we're just starting to develop the look of it. It'll be unique and fresh."
Thank goodness for that! If there is anyone I have faith in turning out the first good video game adaptation, it would definitely be the duo of Bruckheimer and Newell. He also confirms that if it works, as in makes money and is successful, they'll be aiming to turn this into a franchise, just as he did with Pirates of the Caribbean. Bruckheimer also went on to say that it definitely will be a period film and they won't try and make it contemporary. They're aiming to start filming in June of next year as long as the writers strike ends in due time and the directors and actors strikes don't kick in either.
As a final question, Collider asked how Jerry was first introduced to the video game.
"It's a game that was brought to us early on and I thought it was very exciting and thought it was an interesting... first of all it's an interesting period and it's something that other people weren't doing. So I always like to go into new arenas that other filmmakers aren't in."
I'll continue to say it and continue to believe it: just as Michael Bay was perfect for bringing Transformers to the screen, Jerry Bruckheimer is perfect for bringing Prince of Persia to the screen. Unfortunately Jerry really didn't have anything too new to bring to the table, besides that a screenplay is developed and that they're aiming to start production in June of 2008. Are you still looking forward to Prince of Persia on the big screen?