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?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
I'm really looking forward to it. If done in a similar way to Pirates it could turn out to be a really cool movie.
Andreas on Dec 3, 2007
It should be done the way they did 300. Look and feel.
Tarik on Dec 3, 2007
Oh...yes..... I'm very happy he(jerry) the one going make this movie... i gonna love it. action adventure all the way.
Joe Gan on Dec 3, 2007
Sands of Time was a rare gem in that it already had a wonderfull story, a good atmosphere, and a great script. This could work well as a film, as long as they dont wreck those things.
Darkflame on Dec 5, 2007
I am Persian myself and I love the POP games (not just because they're based off of Persian themes) but I am in disbelief of the movie being by Walt Disney. The POP games are full of blood and violence. Does this mean the POP movie will be more child-like and not for the mature audience? I believe the movie should be by the makers of “300? or “Gladiator.” In other words, this movie should be a masterpiece like the game, not some mere child’s play. Walt Disney is a constantly developing company, so maybe they will step up on this movie. Anyhow, the actor of this move should be John Abraham or someone similar. He looks like the prince and is a good actor. I have nothing against American Caucasians but the prince shouldn’t be white in this movie. (And yes I do know the Prince of Persia game is created by Caucasians) Let's just make American movies based off foreign lands more "foreign" this time!!! It’s like picking a Chinese guy to play M.L.K.
Josh on Dec 8, 2007
If this movie is toned down to a early teenage audience ( 13 up ), it could really suck. it's a violent game - the whole pop series, and if this falls aside, then the whole look and feel ( esp feel ) falls away. please don't make it if you're trying to entertain the mentioned audience. Rather put it on a shelf until you are sure of what you are making - Pleeeeeeeeeease! I've played Warrior within and 2 thrones - gr8 games indeed. Very story driven ( esp TT ). I hear the first one was quite something. These games made a gamer out of me. engaging and well-thought out. Soft-focus persian environment and a stealthy, well-seasoned warrior is what we picture. ( might be a bit too grand but I think many fans of the series might agree ) Oh...and, I don't know about Mr Gylenhaal. But hey...he could surprise, and I pray he does. ( he'd better! ) Some doubts about the girl as well - hope the make-up crew can make us a Farah. I'm out.
Mula on May 28, 2008
Totally agree with josh's comment - we take nothing away from Jake Gylenhaal, but HE'S JUST NOT DASTAN'. Again the ppl at makeup could do wonders. Pity they can't Make his accent sound somewhat mid-eastern. I know this can also be done ( what with all the tech stuff we now have ) - but 4 once, can't we get something closer to the real deal? he sounds ( and actually is ) american in the games. now can't we push that a tad? blend that with an aquired mid-eastern accent, if not the real thing? I might be screaming a bit too loud, but I'm just trying to convince myself that I might have an impact on how this adaptation will be. Don't kill the series!
Mula on May 28, 2008
Mula, you're right! Jake Gyllenhaal is a terrible choice! He might be a good actor, but he's just too American! Prince of Persia should be at least somewhat close to Middle Eastern. I think the Prince Capsian actor would be much better! But who's gonna care what fans think? They just gonna do their make up magic, but I bet that it'll fail just like with Colin Ferral's Alexandr fake wig.
Nick on Jun 9, 2008
fuck you bruckheimer, and thanks for all your body of crap.
drd on Jun 17, 2008
I agree with josh the prince should be black not white.My seggenes is the guy how played the leader of the Varden in the movie Erogon or possabity will smith.As a fan of video games movies and princ of persia i hope this blend just to end this tune a good game into a crappy movie fever!ill be listening out for any more info on prince of persia (by the way i fond i trailer I THINK in youtube. )GOOD LUCK PRINCE OF PERSIA CREW!!!!!!!
jimmi allen on Dec 20, 2008
I agree with josh the prince should be black not white.My seggenes is the guy how played the leader of the Varden in the movie Erogon or possabity will smith.As a fan of video games movies and princ of persia i hope this blends just to end this tune a good game into a crappy movie fever.Ill be listening out for any more info on prince of persia (by the way i fond i trailer I THINK in youtube. )GOOD LUCK PRINCE OF PERSIA CREW!!!!!!!
jimmi allen on Dec 20, 2008
Taye Diggs with a big gold circle earing, as the Prince of Persia!!
Noodles777 on Dec 22, 2008
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