Michael Bay Directing Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia Movie!
In an exciting announcement today, IESB.net broke the news that Transformers director Michael Bay will again team up with Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer in the Disney film adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This power duo has teamed up before on such epic movies as Bad Boys I & II, The Rock, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor, and this time I see them pulling out one hell of an awesome franchise.
Michael Bay (L) and Jerry Bruckheimer (R)
The film adaptation of the video game series from Ubisoft has been announced since late February, and a few early concept art images appeared online as well. Disney has putting this film on the forefront as its next big franchise after Pirates of the Caribbean (that is, if it really ends this May 25th, I don't think it will). Having played the game myself, I'm looking forward to this franchise almost even more than I am the next Pirates of the Caribbean.
For those unfamiliar with it, the video game follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. It's set in medieval Persia, Earth's mightiest and most mysterious kingdom, which I know will already provide lush backdrops just as it did in the game. It received numerous Game of the Year awards and has become a best-selling title. The original creator of the game, Jordan Mechner, stated at an earlier date:
"Rather than do a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the new videogame, we're taking some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story - much as 'Pirates' [of the Caribbean] did with the theme park ride."
On that note… I'm going to go fire up The Sands of Time and play through the beautiful game yet again. The film is eyeing a summer of 2009 release.