Italian-German reporter/comedian Daniele Rizzo decided to interview the cast and crew of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time dressed as Jake Gyllenhaal‘s character, and pretending to be the long lost son of Tamina and Dastan. The results vary depending on who he is interviewing, but Sir Ben Kingsley really plays along with the gag while Gyllenhaal can’t stop laughing. Game creator and screenwriter Jordan Mechner also makes an appearance. Watch the clip after the jump.
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Paul Verhoeven, a director best known for films like Robocop, Starship Troopers, Total Recall and Basic Instinct, hasn’t stepped behind the camera for a few years (2006’s Black Book). But is now appears the filmmaker is developing a big screen adaptation of a video game. The filmmaker told MTV:
“I am working on a movie now that is… situated in 1914. Basically, Indiana Jones-ish you could say, but also Hitchcockian. We are scripting it. It’s an idea that exists already… from another medium, and so we are making it now into a film narrative.” Which medium, Josh asked. “A game, a video game.”
MTV was unable to figure out which video game Verhoeven was talking about, but I think I may have cracked the code.
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IGN has introduced a cool new feature they are calling “Rewind Theater”, where they rewatch a recent movie trailer with audio commentary with one of the creative people behind the property. The first edition takes a look at Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with the creator of the game, Jordan Mechner. It’s fascinating to watch the trailer with commentary as they rewind, pause, and slow-mo the action. You learn so much more about the film, and notice things you might never normally in fast motion. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Six years ago original Prince of Persia game designer Jordan Mechner pitched a Prince of Persia movie to execs at Disney. Now the film is finally coming close to fruition, and Mechner has posted his original pitch so we can all enjoy the initial vision for the film. Read More »
Megan Fox has been cast in Warner Bros’ adaptation of Jonah Hex and Fox Atomic’s adaptation of Fathom.
Directed by former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward, Jonah Hex tells the story of a former alcoholic and confederate soldier (played by Josh Brolin) turned supernatural loner and gunslinger. The comic book was introduced in the 1970’s, created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, the character received his signature scar at the hands of Indians who placed a hot tomahawk to his face. His mother was a prostitute and his dad sold him into slavery. Fox will play Leila, Jonah’s beautiful gun-wielding love interest. John Malkovich plays the film’s villain, a voodoo practitioner who wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South. The film is scheduled to begin production in April, with an announced release date of August 6th 2010.
And in Fathom, Fox plays a young woman named Aspen who was discovered at sea by a cruise ship, and later learns she is a member of a race of aquatic humanoids who possess the ability to control water. James Cameron was at one point developing a feature film based on the Top Cow comic (which totally makes sense considering the director’s obsession with the ocean), but now the project is being adapted by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the video game Prince of Persia (who also wrote an initial draft of the Jerry Bruckheimer produced film adaptation Sands of Time).