With the stunning success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise still cooking, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and developer Jordan Mechner talk about their upcoming movie adaptation based upon Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Bruckheimer intends to release Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in the summer of 2009, and he has aboard Jordan Mechner, the creator of the 11-SKU Prince of Persia franchise that first took the gaming world by storm back in 1989.
"The Prince of Persia characters are wonderful and they exist in a period of time and a venue that's interesting."
"Why would I make National Treasure versus whatever other people are making? ... I've played the game ... it's a great game ... and I believe the movie is one people will want to go see," says Bruckheimer.
"If I'd tried to adapt the game's storyline beat for beat into a screenplay, we would have wound up with a 'B'-level survival-horror movie about a warrior prince who spends most of his time fighting off ravaging, zombie-like sand creatures -- basically, Resident Evil in the desert," says Jordan Mechner
Instead, Mechner's efforts went into turning his game into "an epic, swashbuckling, action-adventure movie in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mask of Zorro, and Pirates of the Caribbean," he says.
Currently, the film is in preproduction, with Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) signed on as director but no cast yet determined. The team has begun scouting locations with an eye towards shooting in June if the writers' strike is settled soon.