Disney Prepping Prince of Persia Movie To Be a Blockbuster Franchise?

It seems like the only thing movie studios are interested in lately are movies that can spin off a limitless franchise of successful films… one-shot stories need not apply. In particular, the suits at Disney seem quite anxious to ensure that they’ll have some decent money makers continuing the massive cash flow of the Pirates of the Caribbean series after Pirates 3 hits theatres this summer. I’m not sure if they’re still talking about doing a 4th, 5th and 6th Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but their keen interest in fostering new franchises would seem to indicate otherwise.

Strangely, one of the titles being talked about as a potential upcoming hit series for Disney is the Prince of Persia movie, based on the video games created by Jordan Mechner and published by Ubisoft. We first started hearing about it back in 2004 when Jerry Bruckheimer picked up the rights to the film, but they’ve really been taking their time developing it. Could it be because they want Prince of Persia to be the unofficial successor to Pirates of the Caribbean? It certainly seems like it. Over on the Jim Hill Media blog, he writes that Prince of Persia “will be Disney’s big action-adventure release for the Summer of 2008″ and will likely “lead to a new hit series of movies for the studio”. Strangely, an old post I found on the blog of John August, the film’s executive producer, would seem to confirm this: “Neither Jordan or I wanted to directly translate the game to screen, a la Resident Evil. Rather, the goal is to make something like Pirates of the Caribbean, swashbuckling and exciting in an entirely new world.” Well, it’s interesting to see such high hopes being pinned on a video game movie, but the games are great and have the feel of a beautifully rendered fairytale. I’m looking forward to see how it all pans out.

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  • I actually like the concept of this game but found the game play lacking but the premise does have some merit as a good story and possible movie but I think it’s too early to be talking franchise when you don’t even know if people are interested in the first film!

  • I think if they did this right, it could be pretty badass. I love the games, there is a lot to them, and I think you could have a fantasy film with as much depth as even Pirates of the Caribbean. Hell, maybe they should wait till Gore Verbinski and Bruckheimer are free from Pirates and have them do this!

  • Haha, I totally re-read that and missed the entire part that Bruckheimer actually DOES own the rights! Damn, now this is spot on!