Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – The Movie
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This comes as a huge blow to fans that want a faithful adaptation of the PoP franchise. A company spokesperson for Ubisoft, in speaking with CVG, said that Ubisoft has no involvement with Disney’s Prince of Persia movie:
“The new Prince of Persia film is a collaboration between [Prince of Persia creator] Jordan Mechner and Disney,” it said. “Ubisoft has no involvement.”
This also means that the recent acquisition of Hybride Technology by Ubisoft is completely unrelated to the Prince of Persia movie, some of us had hoped that the effects studio behind 300 would soon be coming aboard the project — though this latest news does put down these rumors, a further comment is encouraging:
“Hybride and Ubisoft will work together to share technology and develop tools in order to optimize the creation of both video games and visual effects. Ultimately, we expect to use the partnership to leverage our brands in the movie industry.”
Just Jared have snapped shots of Jake Gyllenhaal, sword in hand, preparing for his next role as Prince Dastan in the Prince of Persia movie, in England. He’s also letting his hair grow long:
Variety have confirmed that both Alfred Molina (Doc Ock in Spider-man 2) and oscar winning Ben Kingsley shall be a part of the Prince of Persia movie:
Molina will play Sheik Amar, who becomes a mentor to the prince.
Shooting is slated to begin in July in the U.K. and Morocco.
Variety later confirmed that Kingsley shall be playing the villain Nizam,
In the fantasy actioner, Kingsley portrays Nizam, who plots to kill his brother King Shahrman and blame it on Prince Dastan so he can take the throne.
The Hollywood Reporter have today confirmed the actors to play the two main roles in the Prince of Persia Movie. Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) has been officially cast as Dastan, the young prince — a choice I fear many fans will not be happy about. Whilst Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) has been cast as the princess Tamina.
In the fantasy adventure, Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin wrote the script, which is based on the many games created by Jordan Mechner.
Bruckheimer is producing, while Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Patrick McCormick are exec producing.
Production is set to start in July.
(Pics thanks to Gemma-Arterton.net)
Cinema Notizie has posted an exclusive Prince of Persia movie poster. Whether this is genuine is debatable, and given the distinct lack of any official promotional material being released, I would guess that this is fake. Although it’s still an interesting and atmospheric poster:
Just a quick one to fill you in. In our post about the false Orlando Bloom rumors, some commenters have pointed out that Disney have recently offered the role to Brokeback Mountain star, Jake Gyllenhaal. According to Latino Review and their anonymous sources, they believe this could happen, we’re doubtful for now.
Rumors have started circulating the net that Orlando Bloom had landed a $40m deal to star as the Prince in the Persia trilogy. These have spread like wildfire across our digital lands amidst uproar at the pay package and the choice of actor.
Coming Soon, wise as ever, did the clever thing of contacting Disney. Their response? These rumors are plainly false — and Orlando Bloom shall not be featuring in the trilogy.
Variety have some important and significant news for us about the Prince of Persia movie adaptation. It seems that director Mike Newell has been scouting locations in Morocco, with studio work taking place at Pinewood, England. With shooting set to start in mid-June.
Choice of Morocco as a shooting location will be a boost for the North African country’s film biz.
“Producers are always looking for cheap places to shoot and Morocco is one of them,” said Dune Films’ Jimmy Abounouom, who is repping the Moroccan shoot for Disney.
Dune execs previously handled the Moroccan shoots of Tom Hanks starrer “Charlie Wilson’s War” and Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop-Loss.”
“Prince of Persia” will also lens in Blighty’s Pinewood Shepperton studios. Project is in pre-production. Abounouom told Variety he expects the Moroccan section of the shoot to start in mid-June, labor wrangles notwithstanding.
Thanks to Nettle (Caitie)
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