With both historical fantasies and video game adaptations hot properties to snatch up in Hollywood, how could a new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an “adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world” NOT be an amazing idea for a movie? Well, if this new picture tells us anything, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time may actually be a fun flick.
Entertainment Weekly had the pic up over the weekend (bigger size after the jump), which is the first of probably many to come. The film features only a few other names besides Gyllenhaal, which is surprising given the nature of the film, and the fact that it’s a Disney and Bruckheimer project. These include Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, and rising star Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace).
UPDATE: The first poster for Prince of Persia has also been released online. Check it out after the jump!
The film was written by Carlo Bernard, who’s previous works are 2005’s The Great Raid with Benjamin Bratt and this year’s The Uninvited starring Elizabeth Banks, yet he is already writing both Prince of Persia and next year’s Nicolas Cage/Jon Turtletaub project The Sorceror’s Apprentice.
Joining Bernard on the writing team are Jordan Mechner, who created the video game character, Doug Miro, and Boaz Yakin (The Punisher, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights) and will have Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) warming the directors chair. With a subtitle like “The Sands of Time”, and Jerry Bruckheimer (who brought us all three Pirates of the Carribbean films) producing, you can expect that Disney is looking to make this another epic series spanning over many years, and many more dollars.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hits theaters May 28, 2010.