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Prince of Persia creator loves the new film, hopes gamers will too

Saturday, 16 January 2010 22:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Jordan Mechner

Prince of Persia creator and scriptwriter for the upcoming Sands of Time film, Jordan Mechner, has said that while he was not directly involved with the casting for the flick, he was very pleased with the choices.

“I wasn’t involved in casting but I love the cast. I think they’re all terrific,” he told HeyUGuys (via WetDarkWild). “Jake looks a lot like the prince in the game. He’s a great actor and I think for me he embodies a lot of the qualities that sort of define the kind of hero that I’ve always seen the Prince as. He’s a warrior, but he’s also got a sort of mischievous quality, a certain vulnerability and I think Jake brings that to the screen in a way that’s really appealing.

“We really made the move to stand on its own so even if you’ve never played Prince of Persia, you’ve never played a video game, you can completely enjoy it. But for people who have played the games, there are definitely moments of physical action that sort of allude to the game, that gamers can appreciate on another level.

“To me, the Prince of Persia is almost an old-fashioned kind of film. It’s romantic, adventurous, and it’s got these epic production values that can only be done today by a producer of the stature of Jerry Bruckheimer. For me, it’s very much the kind of movie that inspired the original game and very true to that tradition. But, at the same time, it goes beyond it. It’s more epic that I could have imagined.

“I love it and I hope the gamers will too.”

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will release in May, and the video interview with Mechner is through the link.

Thanks,GoNintendo.

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30 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    Of course, he loves it. He gets a blank check from Disney for it. Who wouldn’t love that?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Cerberus

    I don’t know, games made into movies have a rather bleak history – at least with us gamers. But I guess this movie has the benefit of doubt advantage.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    “Of course, he loves it. He gets a blank check from Disney for it. Who wouldn’t love that?”

    Because, you know, when you make something out of something, it’s not actually possible to enjoy the endeavour or the final product, right?

    Dear lord. Just because someone gets a cheque doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the work they do.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    Then again I doubt he’d be allowed to say it sucks ass =/

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Cerberus

    Probably.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @Michael

    THe Creators of Xmen said the same thing I believe you know where I am going with that.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. McLovin85

    What, that the first two Xmen movies were awesome??

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    “Then again I doubt he’d be allowed to say it sucks ass =/”

    True, but at least it doesn’t sound like your typically generic press release. Just some guy proud of his work.

    “The Creators of Xmen said the same thing I believe you know where I am going with that.”

    Considering I thought the first two movies were pretty awesome (especially the second)… no, not really.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    Yeah I like the first 2 xmen films aswell, 3 and 4 though blagh >_<

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Bulk Slash

    I think this is only the third time the actual creator of a game has had direct input into the story of the film. The others being Wing Commander and Final Fantasy Spirits Within. So having the creators involved isn’t necessarily a good thing…

    But I’m inclined to give Mechner the benefit of the doubt and believe this film could break with the tradition of films made from games being crap. Judging from the trailer it should at least be more faithful compared to other examples, unless they heavily re-wrote his script after he turned it in.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Eregol

    It’s a film based on a game franchise.
    But it’s Prince of Persia, which could be good.
    But they based it on Emo Prince. Which will be BAD!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    No the first two Xmen were them raping the lore that came with the money. Especially with what they did to Jean Grey.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Jockie

    Sometimes creators aren’t as anally obsessed with the specific detail of the characters or stories they created as fans are, as long as the spirit or message of their work gets through.

    Generally the best adaptations are the ones that make the story work for their format, instead of trying to cram everything in exactly as it was.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    Good thing Prince of Persia is a confused character, not sure what he is. There is no stable lore either, its like watching an episode of sliders for each game and the Prince in each one is a different character.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    “No the first two Xmen were them raping the lore that came with the money. Especially with what they did to Jean Grey.”

    You are the living, breeding definition of a fanboy. If there was a picture in the dictionary to go with the word “fanboy”, it would be a picture of you.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    Yeah and? SOrry I was raised reading the comics and watching the show on Saturday morning. And Phoenix was by far my favorite character hence my username, I expected them to do a good job and then they destroy it.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    SOrry I was raised reading the comics and watching the show on Saturday morning.”

    So was I. That doesn’t mean you have to be utterly pedantic about every single tiny little detail that doesn’t fit into *your* prescribed preferences.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    I am not look at Batman Begins and Dark Knight does it follow every little details as the comics do? Is it my top ten of movies this generation? Hell yes. Brian SInger did well for the first two but once he left and went to do another movie afterwards, they crashed and burned then Wolverine Origns… Poor poor Deadpool so much potential with Ryan Reynolds and it was wasted.

    Ironman when I saw the trailers and I saw Robert Downey Jr. playing Stark, I was really pissed but I saw the movie and it blew me away. Can’t wait for the sequel.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    Hey, I never said the third or forth movie was any good. But you were arguing the first two, so…

    And yes, Iron Man is awesome.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    My mistake, I meant the last two.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Michael O’Connor

    I think that we can universally agree on then.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    a) The X-Men cartoon was *never* considered part of ongoing continuity and if in the ’80s you didn’t read Chris Claremont’s full Phoenix Saga as it was published month-by-month in the comics, then you have no right even discussing it, you fucking X-Men TOURIST! *

    *This is what people who argue over super-hero continuity sound like to me.

    B) I would gladly let Jordan Mechner do me up the bum. In fact, I would even encourage it. PoP remains my all-time favourite gaming franchise and have high hopes for it both at the cinema and for the game-of-the-movie.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    I really enjoyed the first 2 Xmen films, Xmen 2 is one of the best super hero films ever made. If the right developer was to make it the Xmen could have a really good game hell the potential is there. I liked the Xmen evolution animated tv series.

    Ubisoft need to get Mechner and Patrice desilets back making the Prince of Persia games as it was those two who created the sands of time.

    To be honest the Uncharted games have replaced the Prince of Persia franchise i.e the character banter you get with Nate and Elena is basically the Prince and Farah from TSOT

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    Oh FUCK OFF Uncharted has replaced PoP – it may have replaced Tomb Raider, but PoP? Do bear in mind that PoP is a purely mêlée combat game, whereas Uncharted is predominately a shooter. Plus, Uncharted’s platforming sections are waaaaay less acrobatic than PoP’s, which have more flair. Okay, so there’s puzzle solving in both, but Uncharted’s focus is far more on shooting and exploration that in PoP.

    Plus, since when did character banter define PoP? So it’s featured in the 3D versions, so what? Big effing deal. In PoP, the atmosphere provided by the scenery and historical setting is just as central to the game as characterisation.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    I dont mean in gameplay wise dude i mean the character chemistery that made TSOT so amazing you know the banter. Its what made Warrior within such a shit game they turned it into a dark brooding mess.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. The Hindle

    Gameplay wise they are completealy different of course and the atmosphere was lost soon as they turned the Prince all emo in my opinion

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gheritt White

    But that characterisation isn’t actually *central* to PoP! In a decade or so, such cocky-funny male/female interactions may become less popular in gaming, at which point removing it wouldn’t negatively affect PoP at all because the essence of the game doesn’t rely on witticisms and sarcasm.

    PoP has most in common with fairy tales or folklore and that’s what gives it a certain timeless quality. Like the 1001 Arabian Nights from which PoP’s story/setting was drawn, PoP can evolve beyond one particular generation’s tastes while building in enough flexibility for future reinterpretation… which is exactly what the SoT trilogy was, just one interpretation.

    Uncharted was just Indiana Jones crossed with Tomb Raider. Replacing PoP? Do me a lemon…

    #27 5 years ago
  28. The Hindle

    Yes but why do so many Pop fans including myself complain at all Pop games after TSOT. Its because they turned him into a generic hero as with the infamous you bitch line in WW. The character development was lost, TT was a step in the right direction but what they were thinking at the 2008 version gameplay wise ill never know.

    What would you rate each game btw?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Gheritt White

    Original PoP – 8.5/10
    PoP: The Shadow & The Flame – 10/10
    PoP 3D – 6/10
    PoP: Sands of Time – 9/10
    PoP: Warrior Within – 7/10
    PoP: Two Thrones – 8/10
    New PoP: 7/10

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Blerk

    Warrior Within got a bum deal. It was easily better than Two Thrones, music aside. It might’ve had teen angst but at least it didn’t have shitty chariot racing and (very little) Dark Prince crap.

    #30 5 years ago

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    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]