Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Trailer is Here!

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prince of persia Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Trailer is Here!

Finally! Our first real look at Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has arrived in the form of this HD trailer courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes. Based on the popular video game series which made it big with the release of Sands of Time back in 2003 and its pair of sequels the following two years, the video game adaptation is hoped to help bring a change to a movie genre that has traditionally suffered from low quality movies based on known video game franchises.

Prince of Persia stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan (unnamed in the video game) as he tries save the world using the an ancient time-manipulating weapon and the help of a foe/love-interest.

Check out the action-packed and visually appealing trailer after the jump.

For those unfamiliar with the story of the movie, here’s the synopsis:

From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (GEMMA ARTERTON) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Watch and enjoy:

As Screen Rant master Vic points out, this trailer sure has the feel and aesthetic of Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy. With the team behind the movie, we can see that this is a classic summer blockbuster for everyone along the same lines of The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean.

There sure are some extreme and epic visuals, and I dig the shout out to Ubisoft’s (the game developer) other game franchise which followed in the footsteps of their modern Prince of Persia a series: Assassin’s Creed (the scene where he’s on the tower near the beginning about the jump off).

I can’t deny that the trailer looks like a lot of fun but I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see two of the things most important and visually stunning about the games: the Prince running and jumping of walls and epic multi-enemy sword fights mixed with a little Zack Snyder-style slow-mo. I have a feeling there’s some of that to come though.

Starring alongside Mr. Gyllenhaal are Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace & the upcoming Clash of the Titans), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2 & the upcoming The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) Ben Kingsley (The Assignment & the upcoming Shutter Island).

If you missed it, check out the pitch trailer that Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner and writer John August used to sell the movie idea to Disney. It’s footage taken from the game, strung together to show what kind of movie and visuals they could employ in live-action.

What do you think of the first official Prince of Persia movie trailer? Could this break the trend of awful video game movies and open the industry up to the next big thing after comic book movies?

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is directed by Mike Newell and opens in theaters May 28, 2010.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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  1. Looks pretty Blockbuster…and im dissapointed about the pg-13 rating but its disney, i would of liked to see some slow-mo and brutal dual sword gore. Overall though im looking forward to seeing it. Great videogame and i always told my buddies it would make for an awesome movie, so lets hope so!

  2. The trailer gives me the feeling that we’ll get a mediocre story and bad acting as well. I hope I’m wrong.

  3. Wow, I had pretty low expectations from the movie version but this trailer delivered!

    The visuals are all there from the POP universe. Being a white guy, Jake G. fits the role of a Persian prince really well (visually).

    Not sure about the accents though.

    The action scenes look pretty epic and we did get to see some Parkour. I really hope there’s a lot more of it in the final movie.

    I love POP games wholeheartedly and looks like the movie won’t be as bad as I expected and can possibly be really good.

  4. Wow! Loved it. It looks epic and it’s nice to see there’s a few humorous moments as well.


  5. im excited.

  6. This looks like it might be a non-sucky video game movie, which is all we can really ask for.

  7. man im sorry that looked awful im a big jake gellenhal fan but that looked very bad.

  8. It could go either way

  9. Good lord this film looks horrible.

  10. I hadn’t seen any good comments about the trailer until I came here. Every other site is bashing this trailer hardcore.

  11. he’s supposed to be a persian prince but sound like an english man stuck in new territory, non the less the action looks pretty decent but like mentioned before pg rating means there wont be any intense fight scenes (at least any with as much blood as the games)

  12. This’ll either be really great, or really horrible. Impossible to tell.

  13. Don’t be too upset about a PG-13 rating. Sands of Time the video game was rated T, while the two sequels were rated M.

  14. @Luipard

    “This’ll either be really great, or really horrible. Impossible to tell.”

    … or it will be okay… now we have explained all the possibilities.

  15. So, we can definitely expect another PoP game before May 2010 :)

  16. Some people here seem to miss the point. It’s a film that will achieve blockbuster status. It’s not meant to be a frakking Oscar-winning epic. Just a fun romp.

    And, I’ll hold judgment until the reviews come in, and you know, when I go SEE the film. And not wholly judge something by its trailer.

  17. He’d better run along freakin walls at some point that’s all I’m saying.

  18. As for the whole PG 13 thing, I honestly wouldn’t worry. You won’t see any blood (which the first game didn’t have anyway) and remember, The Dark Knight was PG-13 and the violence in that was pretty brutal (again, without blood).

    I’m also thinking of G.I. Joe, the scene where the two kids are beating the crap out of each other, that was damn brutal. Trust me, a decent film-maker (or a bad one like Stephen Sommers) can deliver the PoP goodness with a PG13 (in fact I seem to remember reviews for POP:The Warrior Within not liking the new darker tone).

  19. Prince of Persia was the FIRST video game I ever played and, since then, I’ve played/beaten every PoP they’ve come out with yet. So you can only well imagine HOW EXCITED I AM!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks amazing and it does look as if they have included some of the wall jumping and stuff. I will admit, I heaved a little sigh of relief to see Alfred Molina in there, since he’s a quality actor. Little wary of Ben Kingsley, even though he’s a superb actor, he has been in some crap in the past and should probably fire his agent.

  20. Seems like good fun.
    Robin Hood meets Lord Of The Rings.
    Disney & PG-13 always promises the worst, but who knows.

  21. Looks pretty typical of Disney and Bruckheimer. I’ll be happy if they follow the games with some good jumps and fights. The flirting and chit chat between the two leads will grow old very quickly.

  22. Its only a trailer but it looks good so far to me.. some parts of it looks cheap but I do like the wide view of it like the whole city landscape.

  23. Nice visuals. I will probably see it. If Ironman 2 is as good as the first, it will have a lot to live up to after seeing the iron Avenger before this one.

  24. i saw some wall hopping! and scaling!
    didnt see any walking or running in that trailer though,
    also i saw a lot (maybe too much) of the time slowing.
    which is all very cool to see them incorporate.

    cant one video game movie be really freaking good.


    look at what 2 great comic book movie did for the movie industry. theres a crudload coming out in the next 2 years

  25. @M-Cat

    The force is strong with you, padawan. 8)

    Reminds me of “The Mummy.”


  26. damn i hate it when trailers give away most of the good scens, as well as action, much like the expendables the make a montage of all(or most) the good scenes thus ruining the element of surprise.
    sure the movie might turn out great and epic (im sure it will since its based on a popular game, and is made mby the guys from mummy (which i still to this day think is a pretty solid movie) but by showing us all theses scenes it takes away the movies “wow” factor :-(

  27. It seems they have incorporated elements from all three of the games. The story from the first obviously, but the costume design from Warrior Within and also the scale weapon from Two Thrones. I also saw Jake’s body turn into the dark prince for a bit.
    To go along with Vic, if this is like The Mummy then I will at least be happy because when all is said and done, The Mummy was a really fun movie. Hoping this is at least fun.

  28. @SK 47

    I thought that as well, I was sure at some point in the trailer he was turning into the Dark Prince.

    And the whole “take the dagger to the secret guardian temple” reminded me of the Island of Time in the second game.

    I think it would be cool if they start and end the whole Sands of Time thing in the first film and then move on to fresher material for the inevitable sequels. I mean I liked the 3 part storyline of the Sands of Time in the games, but I think it’d be a little repetitive to make a movie trilogy out of it. I mean there’s only so many times you can watch him turn back time a few seconds.

  29. Saw this on myspace yesterday. Thought it looks better than the crap photos shown here, I think its gonna be riddled with cheesy one liners and could have dry dialogue like Pirates AWE