Prince of Persia Movies Finally Moving Along for 2008
by Alex Billington
February 22, 2007
Another video game series is being eyed for a film adaptation franchise, this time the Prince of Persia games from Ubisoft. The game has taken off in recent years with at least 3 recent sequels and become a huge hit for Ubisoft. The series has been in discussion for a while with Disney, since Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer bought the rights in 2004. The Jim Hill Media blog talked about it briefly, stating that "in theory [Prince of Persia] will be Disney's big action-adventure release for the Summer of 2008." Which afterwards "could then lead to a new hit series of movies for the studio."
Although nothing is officially confirmed for a 2008 release, it does sound like the project is moving along and they're waiting to use the Prince of Persia series as the new successor to Pirates of the Caribbean (unofficially ending this year on May 25th). FilmJunk has some interesting commentary as well, with quotes from an executive producer stating that they don't want to copy a single game, but rather use the general concept to create a "world" in which new stories will be set.
I personally love the games and I think that in Bruckheimer's hands this could be brilliant. It's a very rich world, like Pirates of the Caribbean, and could end up being just as immersive and just as entertaining. Anyone else getting just a bit more excited for this?