Prince of Persia movie set to start shooting this summer


One of the locations for the Jerry Bruckheimer-led silver screen version of Prince of Persia has been chosen, Variety is reporting. Director Mike Newell started scouting for a location earlier this year and has now settled on Morocco, also home to movies like Black Hawk Down, Babel, Gladiator, and The Mummy, among many others.

The shooting of the Moroccan section of the flick is set to begin in mid-June this year and with Bruckheimer (Black Hawk Down, Pirates of the Caribbean) behind the wheel, if nothing else, we’ll at least get to see some incredible special effects. But with Jordan Mechner, the creator of the original Prince of Persia game (and also the writer of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) aboard to keep things in check, chances are we’ll get a good story as well. Meaning this is probably the most promising videogame to movie conversion we’ve seen yet.

After the utter borefest that was the Hitman movie, an at least somewhat entertaining big screen incarnation of a gaming license would be most welcome.

IMDB shows the movie is currently planned for a summer 2009 release.