I probably don’t need to go into a rant on video game adaptations and their track record of pooptitude– it’s a simple cinematic fact (to date) and exists as its own rule– right along side Penelope Cruz equaling Box Office Poison and an assurance of a Matthew McConaughey romcom (is there any other kind?) containing shirt misplacemant and drawling “aawwwwll raaaighhhhts”. Still, high hops have been foistered in the form of Prince of Persia, the film based on the climbing, swinging, time-bending and undead sword fighting video game franchise of the same name.
Uber-producer Jerry “I can make a movie out of anything” Bruckheimer, of course, is out to reinvent the crappy adaptation trend and give it new life with happy-go-lucky Jake Gyllenhall and the steady directorial hand of Mike Newell. I gotta be honest, from what’s contained below, I’m not seeing much more than Scorpion King III: The Quest to Clothe Gyllenhall’s Abs, but if past production is any indication of future, that’s not Bruckheimer’s style.
You can take me at my word or get a feel for the unsubstantial fluff below all by yourself.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is due to sink or swim on 2010.