Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia Movie Shooting in Morocco
An update from Variety today mentions that director Mike Newell has scouted out Morocco as the location to primarily shoot the upcoming video game adaptation Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. That's it, yep, that's the entire update regarding Prince of Persia. Although I'm guessing a cast has already been set, or at least is very close to being finalized, nothing else besides the director has still been announced. Due out next June, Prince of Persia is set to start filming in Morocco this June, as long as the SAG doesn't strike.
The film is being produced by powerhouse Disney producer Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire helmer Mike Newell, and written by both Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and one of the game's creators, Jordan Mechner. In addition to shooting in Morocco, the film will be using the Pinewood Shepperton studios in England. Considering the line-up involved, we can expect a big budget and great production values set within a warmer version of The Day After Tomorrow combined with the action and pacing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Sound any good to you? I like everything but that The Day After Tomorrow reference.
You can read a great update on the status from Jerry Bruckheimer back in early December, who also shares his story of how he was first introduced to the video game and how they plan to be the first to break the bad video game movie mold. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is currently set to arrive in theaters next summer on June 19th, 2009. We'll be sure to bring you more updates as we hear them.
The last good topic of discussion is who would be the best actors to take on the roles of the Prince and Princess Farah? Any actors to mull over while we wait for the official casting announcements?
Moroccan sand dunes photo courtesy of papa'rocket on Flickr.