If you’re a prospective mega-franchise based on an extremely popular video game series like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is, what do you look up to?
That’s right, Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Pirates franchise made billions of dollars and it made a hobby of shattering box office records, making it the natural inspiration.
When screenwriter/creator Jordon Mechner spoke to MTV, he explained how he pitched the idea to Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
As an old-fashioned swashbuckling action-adventure in a tradition going all the way back to the Doug Fairbanks movies. The modern equivalent being â€˜Pirates of the Caribbean,â€™ an example of an old movie made new again, doing a fresh take on it for a modern audience. Tonally, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s basically â€˜Pirates of the Caribbeanâ€™ with maybe a half-step towards â€˜Gladiator.â€™
Mechner also ensured us that Bruckheimer’s influence would be noticeable.
Thereâ€™ll certainly be a lot of stunts, a lot of special effects. I mean itâ€™s Jerry Bruckheimer! Theyâ€™re shooting in the deserts of Morocco. The scope of this is going to be massive. Itâ€™s really spectacular.
I’m not quite sure Prince of Persia will match Pirates, but they’ve already got Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead — perhaps they’ll try to set him up into a Jack Sparrow-type character. Either way, I have a feeling the film will be a fun little summer ride, so we’ll see how it comes about in 2010 when it’s slated for release.