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December 3, 2007

Prince of Persia Starts Shooting In June

— Posted by John Campea

Prince-Persia-BruckheimerAll video game movies suck. Don’t shoot me for saying it… it’s just the way it is. There are however 2 franchises that I’ve always thought stood a CHANCE at making decent films… Warcraft, because the world, mythology and backgrounds are so huge that a good writer with a free hand could make something pretty special out of it, and Prince of Persia.

It was announced sometime ago that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) was interested in producing a new series of films and got the rights to Prince of Persia. Well… it looks like things are moving ahead full steam. They’ve gota director on board, and they’re aiming to start shooting in June! Collider has this:

Question: Many video game fans have been frustrated by Hollywood’s inability to deliver the goods… and you’re going to be making Prince of Persia. What can you tell fans of that series what they can look forward to?

Jerry Bruckheimer: 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.

Q: Is this one of these properties that you envision the possibility of a franchise out of and is this going to be a really big film the way a National Treasure is?

Jerry Bruckheimer: Yes. It’s a big production and if they work it’s another character that you can take on other adventures.

So barring an Actors strike, looks like things should get rolling soon, and are probably already in pre-production. With Bruckheimer involved you know the scale of the film is going to be HUGE and that he’s looking at this as a franchise instead of just a single film. Could this be the game film that breaks the streak of wretched video game movies to date? All we can do is cross our fingers.

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  • frank

    What about Metal Gear Solid? That would make an awesome movie.

  • Tim

    is there any news on if its going to follow the xbox games and be a trilogy starting with the sands of time or will it be an original story?

  • http://www.stalepopcorn.co.uk Kristina

    A good video game movie is about as hard to find as Bin Laden right now. I don’t think it can be done.

  • oliviero

    i love silent hill movie..so..yes i am going to shoot you for this…:)

  • TM

    FANTASTIC NEWS!! Yeah…I do own the video game and I hope they are able to deliver. Very exciting news indeed.

  • DarkKinger

    It would finally be nice if we actually have a good video game movie. Nothing against Doom and Resident Evil (they’re my guilty pleasures), but if Superman was able to break the mold of comic book films, and X-Men was able to revive the genre, then at least one game should be the next ‘X-Men’. As for the next ‘Superman’, I hope to be working in Hollywood to get that chance!

  • http://www.nowlive.com/member.asp?id=100203567 Phil Gee

    Mike Newell’s directing this? Well that’ll be interesting at least.

  • @spence

    we can get a prince of persia movie, but can we get a Halo movie, hell no…….still i am looking for to this, and pray they dont screw it up…..

  • Daniel M.

    I am curious as to the casting of the film. Will they cast someone of Middle-Eastern descent or some white actor (with make-up) in the lead role?

  • igl

    Warcraft and Prince of Persia are the first two game to movie adapations I care about. So, please Powers That Be, DONT SCREW THEM UP!!

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