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I’m not sure where these photos originated from, but The Huffington Post has two photos of Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan from Disney’s adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Mike Newell’s film, based on the popular video game, tells the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. The photos don’t appear to be proper production photos, but instead images taken on the set (you can actually see crew members working behind Gyllenhaal if you look closely enough). Head on over to the Huff Post to see the photos in higher resolution. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time will hit theaters on May 28th 2010.

via: Collider

ET Visits the Set of Prince of Persia

Entertainment Tonight visited the London set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Watch the video above to see some footage from the massive Morocco shoot, and it looks like ET was on set for a night scene where Gemma Arterton‘s character Princess Tamina is trying to stab Prince Dastan, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the set a couple days before ET (from the looks of it), and while I’m not allowed to talk about anything I saw (just yet), I will say this — the film has the potential to do for video games what Jerry Bruckheimer did for that little theme park ride turned film — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

JustJared has the first photo of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new look for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which is now scheduled to hit theaters on May 28th 2010. What do you guys think?

A couple readers point out that Gyllenhaal’s gear is more Warrior Within than The Sands of Time (as seen in the header image). You can see the Prince’s Warrior Within look below.

Prince of Persia Pushed Back to 2010

Disney has announced that they will be pushing the big screen adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time back to May 28th 2010, from it’s previously announced June 19th 2009 release date. The old date was one week before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The good news is that the new date is part of Memorial Day weekend, which will give the film a four day opening. The bad news is that the movie will now have to contend with Shrek Goes Fourth, which opens one week prior, and Marvel’s Thor, which is scheduled to hit theaters one week later.

Prince of Persia is an action adventure video game which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) must join forces with Tamina (Gemma 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. Alfed Molina and Ben Kingsley co-star. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire helmer Mike Newell is directing under producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Persia began filming at the beginning of July in Morocco.

Prince of Persia

Disney has announced that Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley have been cast in the big screen adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, joining Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Disney’s live-action adaptation of the popular action adventure video game series, follows an adventurous prince Dastan (Gyllenhaal) who must join forces with a rival princess  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. Molina will play Sheik Amar, a mentor to the prince, and we’re guessing that Kingsley will probably play Vizier, the main villain of the film.

I really love the recent trend of casting up for the talent in Summer Blockbusters. Casting UP immediately raises the level of the film. Look at Batman Begins and The Dark Knight as great examples of this. Look at what Johnny Depp did for Pirates of the Caribbean. If this was ten years ago, Robin Williams would have been cast in Molina’s role. It’s great to see popcorn movies, and now video game adaptations, finally being taken more seriously in this respect. I mean, remember when Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Academy Awards and popcorn films weren’t completely looked down upon? I think we’re entering a new era. Even the director Mike Newell is a few steps up the ladder of directing talent for this type of film (Paul WS Anderson anyone?).

source: Variety

Jake Gyllenhaal is the Prince of Persia

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The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed a story that was rumored on internet websites last month, Jake Gyllenhaal has been crowned the Prince of Persia in the big screen Disney live-action adaptation of the popular video game series.  Prince of Persia is an action adventure video game which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) will play Tamina, a feisty and exotic princess with whom Dastan (Gyllenhaal) must join forces with to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire helmer Mike Newell is directing under Super Producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The Sands of Time game was released in late 2003 and is a continuation to the popular PC game series Prince of Persia, created by Jordan Mechner in 1989. The game was praised for its visual design and finely tuned game mechanics, and won several awards. The game’s success led to a couple sequels.

Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin wrote the script, which is based on the many games created by Jordan Mechner. Mechner has revealed that the movie will not be a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the videogame, but will instead take “some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story – much as ‘Pirates’ [of the Caribbean] did with the theme park ride.” Production is set to begin in July, and a tenative June 16th 2009 release date was previously announced.

Not to go off on a tangent, but it’s worth noting that The Hollywood Reporter did not source or credit the story to our friends at LatinoReview, who broke the news back in early April. Week after week, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety create story based off of tips that appear on the internet movie websites, yet disrespect the same websites by not giving out proper credit mention. How unprofessional.

Disney Announces 2009 Release Schedule

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Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:

The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.

The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.

The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.

The Wild Hogs sequel titled Old Dogs starring John Travolta, Robin Williams and Seth Green, has been pushed back from a 2008 TBA to April 10th 2009. The original film was released in March, so it’s likely that Disney didn’t want to deviate from the marketing formula. Dogs will go up against Paramount’s Renée Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39.

The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.

The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.

source: Variety

Prince of Persia

Disney is interested in hiring Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire helmer Mike Newell to direct a big screen live-action adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. According to Variety, Super Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has made an offer to Newell, who met with studio executives about the project this week. Earlier this year it was rumored that Michael Bay was in line to re-team with the Bad Boys, The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon producer for the adaptation. But this was before Transformers became a massive hit.

Prince of Persia is an action adventure video game which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. The Sands of Time game was released in late 2003 and is a continuation to the popular PC game series Prince of Persia, created by Jordan Mechner in 1989. The game was praised for its visual design and finely tuned game mechanics, and won several awards. The game’s success led to a couple sequels.

The initial script was written by Jordan Mechner with subsequent drafts by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow). Mechner has revealed that the movie will not be a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the videogame, but will instead take “some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story – much as ‘Pirates’ [of the Caribbean] did with the theme park ride.”

Michael bayA few months back it was reported that Michael Bay would direct a apocalyptic thriller 2012: The War for Souls, based on the forthcoming book by Whitley Strieber. It has since been reported that Bay will be directing the big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Both of the stories have been unconfirmed. And with the success of Transformers, who knows if Bay’s next project won’t be the expected sequel. Our friends at RT sat down with the Transformers scribe to discuss 2012: The War for Souls. Until now we really haven’t had much information on the project other than the apocalyptic Mayan date contained within the title. (The Mayan calendar ends on December 21st 2012. They believed that would be the day the world would end.)

“It’s a book we just set up at Warner Brothers by Whitley Strieber who wrote The Hunger and Wolfen and who’s also a famous alien abductee. It is his latest theory of what’s going to go down in 2012 based on the Mayan calendar and based on factual astronomical convergences are going to happen on that day, said Roberto Orci. “We really like the initial concept. We always try to be extremely free with what the dictates of the live action story need to be. If it ends up being extremely similar to the book, great. But we don’t stick to anything just because it’s there. We question everything.”

Okay, so it still doesn’t look like we have much information. May-be someday. Oh, and my prediction: Bay will direct Prince of Persia for Disney and then do Transformers 2. Those two projects seem more ready for primetime. 2012 sounds mostly like an idea or concept at this point.

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Thanks to the recent Disney Investor Relations release, we have new logo and production art for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. Check it out below. As always, left click for a higher res version.

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