Prince of Persia film footage debuts

Originally, Jerry Bruckheimer's The Prince of Persia was to be among the flotilla of summer blockbusters currently moored or en route to box offices around the nation this year. However, last August, the Mike Newell-directed tribute to Ubisoft's Middle Eastern hero was abruptly pushed back a year...

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Originally, Jerry Bruckheimer's The Prince of Persia was to be among the flotilla of summer blockbusters currently moored or en route to box offices around the nation this year. However, last August, the Mike Newell-directed tribute to Ubisoft's Middle Eastern hero was abruptly pushed back a year from its June 19, 2009 release to Memorial Day weekend 2010.

Even before the delay, information on the high-profile film had been limited, with one of the earliest looks being a candid on-set shot of star Jake Gyllenhaal--in Prince garb--walking with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon. Today, however, actual footage of the film has surfaced, courtesy of an ABC interview with Bruckheimer.

The interview, which has been reposted to popular video-sharing site YouTube, features Bruckheimer discussing The Prince of Persia, with action sequences from the film interspersed throughout. Notably, Bruckheimer spared no expense on extras, given that Gyllenhaal is on several occasions shown doing battle with armed guards amid a sea of city dwellers.

The Prince of Persia will also star Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Three and Out), Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast, BloodRayne), and Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spider-Man 2). As Dastan, Gyllenhaal will attempt to prevent a nefarious nobleman from obtaining the continuum-controlling Sands of Time. Arterton's character, the princess Tamina, will join him on his quest. The film's screenplay was cowritten by Jordan Mechner, creator of the original 1989 Prince of Persia and its sequels.

Discussion

133 comments
nemesis4x
nemesis4x

cant wait for this movie, its gonna be awesome

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

They shouldn't have given him a name. Such a legendary character shouldn't have a normal name. I'm fine just calling him "Prince".

gameking5000
gameking5000

This looks like as it's destined for a great movie

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I want thsi movie to be good, but something inside me keeps nagging me that it will fail. I guess we'll see as it gets closer... max payne anyone?

j_kizi
j_kizi

Ian_Michael Posted May 12, 2009 10:20 am GMT gotta thank u 1st for agreeing with me, nice to knw sum1 feels the same...and 2nd, i was always tryna figure out where i had seen him before whn i watched the resident evil movie, but was too lazy to look it up....lol thanx alot... cheers

j_kizi
j_kizi

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GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I don't think Jerry Bruckheimer would let this movie fail. I think this could be the the first really good Video game movie.

suicidal_T_H
suicidal_T_H

It looks like this could be a really good game based movie I can't wait.

sanshakira
sanshakira

this is going to be one of the best game made movies

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

I really want this to work. Prince of Persia is such a great game and the storylines set it up rather well for a movie translation. It really has the potential, lets just hope they do pull it off.

necronaux
necronaux

On the bright side, they involved Mechner, so at least the movie plot will be close to the game storylines.

tu2pac
tu2pac

I smell flop ... and this time it looks like they're spending $$. Perhaps this will teach them a lesson ...

DO646260
DO646260

I just played the latest iteration of the PoP games... It was a decent game, I am wondering if they are gunna try and hype this movie up since its postponed another year. I also agree with Wadah1111, if he does some of the wall moves and platforming from the game, it very well might be a good movie... But then again, it could be a turd too...

wadah1111
wadah1111

If he does wall-stunts AND head chopping and some screams like popww then I'm in...

zombey1333
zombey1333

OMGLulz badboys 3?! Another 2 hours for me to fall asleep through... That said, I look foward to this film. Hopefully it won't suck, like the last video game film I saw...*shudders* ooooh the pain! i still remember....

wahyudil
wahyudil

I hope it will be more Kingdom of Heavens and less The Scorpion King ...

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Hm, looks okay. I probably see it since I enjoy the Prince of Persia games.

m3hti
m3hti

i loved this

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I might see this. I loved Sands of Time, but I've never played the other games. Seeing a bit of footage has reassured me somewhat, but I'm not sold yet. Maybe if they put out an impressive trailer.

akram112
akram112

Traditionally, movie based games and game based movies are expected to disappoint. However, notable exceptions of the former have emerged with Riddick, Spider-Man 2, Wolverine Origins, Star Wars etc. Till date the only game based movie that is sucessful in capturing the essence of the game a bit is Resident Evil. I hope POP makes it to the list, cos the POP franchise remains my favorite in gaming history.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

you know I have no idea how this one will turn out, I mean, I don't know that I have any intrest in it, so...

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Jake Gyllenhaal ... ok now i am not so interested :)

cid_007
cid_007

"No, no, no, that didn't happen. Let's try that again. Kakolukia!!!!"

Sivus_2000
Sivus_2000

They should really give Jake a Tan before they really film, and have a stubble beard, and more curlier hair, not combed straight.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

they should have done a film on assassins creed, that would have been awesome.

theSADmafioso
theSADmafioso

Looks like pretty generic Hollywood crap. I hope I'm wrong because I love the Prince.

Ian_Michael
Ian_Michael

Oh and the dudes name is Oded Fehr, he was in the Resident Evil movies too, and he was pretty slick in those also.

Ian_Michael
Ian_Michael

j_kizi Posted May 11, 2009 10:12 pm PT i wish they culd hav used the arab dude from the 1st and 2nd "The Mummy" movies. he was cool..... but still sounds good, lets hope they dont @#!% it up.... I totally agree that guy kicks some major @ss and looks like a better fit to play a persian prince. Gyllenhaal's a pretty good actor but he's a bit to pale to play someone who grew up in the desert.

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

just saw some clips, doesnt look to bad, not sure about the jake being good looking comment tho, lol

GC4ever
GC4ever

sounds like a sweet cast shows a lot of promise already 2010 looks good movie wise....

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

The only good thing Jerry Bruckheimer ever did was the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. And that was only because Johnny Depp made it awesome.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Well it sounded like it had potential till I saw the name Jerry Bruckheimer... so basically it will probably be some mindless action, fast camera work, over the top CG, huge explosions (even the cammels will explode), paper thin storyline and awkward love story... got it. As far as Ben Kingsley... well yea he has starred in great moves like Ghandi and Schindlers List but to be fair he has also been in BloodRayne (directed by our good friend Uwe Boll), The Sound of Thunder, The Last Legion and The Love Guru. If the movie is a good solid movie then a good actor will only make it shine even more, if its a stinker no matter who stars it will still be a stinker.

Killing_Free
Killing_Free

I hope the movie will be good... Because many of video game movies $%#/

SickM0R0N
SickM0R0N

@ Xbox360love2006 I'm not sure what you mean by referencing the fact that Ben Kingsley was in the movie Species, that is, unless you're trying to say that he is obscure--which I believe is what you are trying to say that no one has seen it and that he is a no body. I'm not trying to bash you or anything, I'm simply trying to figure out the nature of your post. If, perhaps, you have not seen Kingsley in any other movie, search up Ghandi on Imdb.

akiwak
akiwak

I hope he tanned a lot for the role...

SEEDman_X
SEEDman_X

Thank you!! I thought I was the only person who didn't want to see another white guy paying an Middle Easterner role!!! I mean, come on!!

j_kizi
j_kizi

i wish they culd hav used the arab dude from the 1st and 2nd "The Mummy" movies. he was cool..... but still sounds good, lets hope they dont @#!% it up....

kejigoto
kejigoto

White guy playing Middle Eastern Prince....

Unseelie_Sluagh
Unseelie_Sluagh

This looks like a fun, Mummy-style type of movie and will probably be the best video game-to-movie adaption out there, which really isn't saying much in the first place unless you count Advent Children.

newb16
newb16

Ok... so what? Its not like this movie will be good. They should just stick to making the video game series.