Empire has just premiered two new posters for the upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Armageddon) produced action-adventure is set to be one of 2010's biggest blockbusters, with both a big-budget and an existing video game fan base to help it do well at the box office.
The Prince of Persia video game series was (and still is) extremely popular, so much so it's kind of a shock that it's taken them this long to get it firmly on the way to theaters (a film has been in the works as far back as before the 2003 video game reboot of the original 1989 Prince of Perisa video game).
The big-screen adaptation of POP follows "rogue prince" Dasdan (Gyllenhaal) and a mysterious princess called Tamina (Gemma Arterton), who together (reluctantly) safeguard an ancient dagger that could unlock what is known as the Sands of Time, a force which allows its possessor to manipulate (or reverse) time and thus rule the world.
Today we have two new international posters for Prince of Persia, courtesy of Empire. Check them both out below (click either for a larger version):
I don't know about you, but those are not what I expected to see advertising a Prince of Persia movie. They look more like fashion magazine covers than movie posters! Does this mean we can expect something more than your standard action franchise fare? Surely not! Surprise factor aside, I really like the look of the posters - they're sleek and sophisticated, giving off an epic feel that I suspect the film is going for.
Gyllenhaal looks awesome as Prince Dasdan - I was skeptical about him being cast in the role when it was first announced, but the more I see of him in the get-up (check out images here and here), the more he looks to be a fit for the character. And it goes without saying Arterton (who's starting to make a real name for herself) is... appealing.
I will always be wary about any and all video game adaptations until one finally comes along that proves they can actually be good. I have every hope that Prince of Persia will be the one to do that. Is that hope in vain?
What do you think of these latest posters for Prince Persia? Are you looking forward to this video game adaptation?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is scheduled to hit theaters on May 28th, 2010.