Fans of Ubisoft's long-running Prince of Persia videogame series have been anticipating a movie adaptation for many, many years. Hollywood's hit-and-miss (mostly miss) track record with game franchises has surely tempered those expectations. However, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have blockbuster-style plans for the property... but can they pull it off? Well, here's what we know thus far.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has a great looking cast, led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and a charismatic director with blockbuster chops in the form of Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
The studio wants you to know that this flick comes from the team who brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy... and they're not just name dropping. Disney and Bruckheimer have quite similar aspirations for the flick. Persia, like Pirates, is an epic action-adventure in an exotic setting. We hesitate to draw too many parallels between the films, but they're likely to be similar in tone. Prince of Persia aims squarely for family fare territory, but with a heavy dose of peril. It'll be rated PG-13 -- the MPAA has cited "intense sequences of violence and action" in their rating -- so expect the level of those things to be on par with what you saw in Pirates. Is that a good thing? We think so.
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