WEIRDLAND: Will Prince of Persia break the videogame curse?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Will Prince of Persia break the videogame curse?

Scan of Jake Gyllenhaal in Empire magazine (Russia) credit Elmira

"From Super Mario Bros. to Street Fighter, from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within to Resident Evil: Degeneration, movies based on videogames have never turned out well. (And that’s not even mentioning Uwe Boll.)

Chirashi magazine (Japan) Credit: mata @

Walt Disney Pictures believes it’s about to buck the trend. On May 28, the studio will release Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the 2003 installment of the videogame series created by Jordan Mechner. At WonderCon in San Francisco last weekend, the studio cranked up the hype machine to full blast, bringing out Mechner, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean), director Mike Newell and leading man Jake Gyllenhaal to plug the film.

Is all this Hollywood talent the key to breaking the curse of the videogame movie?

Prince of Persia - Ben Kingsley Poster

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