If there is one thing that Disney has learned from Pirates of the Caribbean is that a film has to have a proper, evenly cut mixture of fun and adventure. Even when the film is at its most thrilling, be sure to leave some fun hanging around and you can get away with almost anything. Disney is hoping to recycle this logic for their upcoming adaptation of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
Prince of Persia To Float on Pirates Formula
The good people at MTV Movies Blog caught up with Jordon Mechner (screenwriter and series creator) to discuss the direction Disney and Bruckheimer are going for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. His answer doesn't exactly surprise us.
Prince of Persia” isn’t just going to be like “Pirates” in terms of scope and tone, the newest Disney/Bruckheimer tag-team is actually going to “do for Arabian Nights movies what ‘Pirates’ did for pirate movies,” screenwriter and series creator Jordon Mechner told MTV News. Slated for 2010, the film will star Jake Gyllenhaal as the iconic video game character.
“This is how we pitched it to Disney and 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 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ an example of an old movie made new again, doing a fresh take on it for a modern audience,” Mechner said. “Tonally, I’d say it’s basically ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ with maybe a half-step towards ‘Gladiator.’”
The trick, as pointed out by Mechner, is finding the proper balance between fantasy and reality. Well that, and keeping Jerry Bruckheimer's explosions at bay.