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  • 1. 1 DANISH IQBAL ASSIGNMENT: MOVIE REVIEW UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 2. 2 DEPPARTMENT: MASS COMMUNICATION EVENING PROGRAM SUBMITTED TO: MOHAMMAD INAM BARI JAFRI PRINCE OF PERSIA THE SANDS OF TIME (FILM) Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 3. 3 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Directed by Mike Newell Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Written by Jordan Mechner Boaz Yakin Doug Miro Carlo Bernard Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Gemma Arterton Ben Kingsley Alfred Molina Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 4. 4 Music by Harry Gregson-Williams Cinematography John Seale Studio Jerry Bruckheimer Films Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures Release date(s) May 28, 2010 Running time 120 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $150 - $200 million Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 5. 5 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an upcoming 2010 action-adventure fantasy film written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, directed by Mike Newell, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is (loosely) based on the 2003 video game of the same name, developed and released by Ubisoft Montreal. Film Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina Ben Kingsley as Nizam Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar It is the fourth film under the Walt Disney Pictures banner to receive a PG-13 rating by the MPAA (and the first not in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) for intense sequences of violence and action. Despite the film being primarily based on The Sands of Time, elements from Warrior Within and The Two Thrones are also incorporated and will be made into films, as well. Contents: Premise Production o Casting o Filming o Soundtrack Marketing References External links Premise The plot follows Dastan (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), a street urchin in the Persian Empire in the sixth century. After showing valor in battle, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king's two sons will not fight over the throne. Later on the teams up with Princess Tamina (played by Gemma Arterton) to stop a common enemy - the villainous nobleman Nizam (Ben Kingsley) and to take from him an ancient dagger known as "The Sands of Time" (a valuable dagger which gives to its owner the ability to go back in time for short periods and change the past) and to keep him from generating a sandstorm which could destroy the world. Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 6. 6 Production In March 2004, the production company Jerry Bruckheimer Films sought to acquire feature film rights to the 2003 video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with the film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Under John August as executive producer, the series' creator Jordan Mechner was hired to write the script. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy served as a touchstone in how a theme park ride was converted into a film franchise. According to Mechner, "Rather than do a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the new videogame, we're taking some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story." Mechner previously considered producing an animated film based on the games, but could not resist Disney and Bruckheimer's offer. In February 2006, Disney hired screenwriter Jeffrey Nachmanoff to write a new script for Prince of Persia. Early in 2007, Disney announced Prince of Persia as one of its tentpole films and by June had scheduled a release date for July 10, 2009, before having a final script or any actors attached. By November 2007, Disney entered negotiations with Mike Newell to direct the film based on a script by Mechner and Nachmanoff, though the studio held off production until the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike was resolved. Newell was fond of Bruckheimer's films, and loved the "exciting [and] immensely romantic" script, which reminded him of Lost Horizon. His assistant played the video games and gave the director key details. Mechner, in writing the script, re-conceived the storyline to shift the perspective from the interactive one experienced by video gamers to the non-interactive experience by film audiences. The screenwriter left out elements of the Prince of Persia video games Warrior Within and The Two Thrones and did not anticipate including these elements in the film's possible sequels. When filming began, the film's release date was postponed to May 28, 2010, with the studio seeking enough time for the post-production process in designing the film's special effects. The profit margin on the Pirates of the Caribbean films was compromised by overspending as special effects teams rushed to complete the films for their release dates. Variety also ascribed the postponement to avoiding the potential 2008 Screen Actors Guild strike so the studio could ensure that the film leads to a "mega-franchise" similar to its successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. Other reasons for the release date change were that the film was originally scheduled a week before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Disney needed more time to co-ordinate its marketing campaign. Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 7. 7 Casting On May 20, 2008, it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal is to portray Dastan, the protagonist of the film. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer explained his choice, "He's a wonderful actor. He's someone I've been watching for a long time and somebody I've always wanted to work with." Gyllenhaal claims he "over-prepared" for the role, gaining five or six pounds of muscle. The actor says, "…I never knew how much they were going to ask me to do, so I just made sure I'd be hopefully able to do anything." Gemma Arterton was announced to play the role of protagonist Tamina, and Arterton reported she practiced horseback riding in Madrid before filming. Sir Ben Kingsley is to portray the film's antagonist, Nizam. Alfred Molina is to portray a character named Sheik Amar, who becomes a mentor to the prince. Toby Kebbell is to play Prince Garsiv, Dastan's brother, and head of the Persian army. Filming In March 2008, director Mike Newell selected Morocco as a shooting location for Prince of Persia and also planned to film in Pinewood Studios. Production was scheduled to begin in midJune 2008. By May 2008, actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton were cast into the lead roles. With a new script by Jordan Mechner, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, and Boaz Yakin, filming began in July 2008 in Morocco as well as London. Eight weeks were spent in Morocco before the first unit moved to Pinewood. The film is intended to be the first in a seven film series. Soundtrack It was confirmed that Alanis Morissette composed the theme song for the film, named "I Remain". The score was written by composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Marketing Mechner, Gyllenhaal, Bruckheimer, and Newell at a panel promoting the film at WonderCon 2010; The Prince of Persia poster made its debut as a background prop in a 2009 Bruckheimer production, Confessions of a Shopaholic, similar to how Warner Brothers incorporated poster for various developed but never filmed projects based on their comic-book characters in I Am Legend. The week of Confessions of a Shopaholic’s release, Disney signed a merchandising deal with Lego for the film. Prepared by Danish Iqbal
  • 8. 8 The trailer was released on the internet on November 2, 2009. In the trailer, it is shown that Nizam has released the Sands of Time (via the dagger) to destroy the Kingdom, thus forcing Dastan to take back the dagger and retrieve it to the "Secret Guardian Temple," along with Princess Tamina. It also shows that using the dagger will cause half of the Prince's body to become "flamed," homage to the element in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (where the Prince is possessed by The Sands of Time). Disney will also release merchandise such as action figures, sets, costumes and a replica Dagger Of Time. It will also release a graphic novel called Prince of Persia: before the Sandstorm, which will act as a prequel to the film. Also, a video game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal titled Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands that will be released alongside the film; however, the game's story is unrelated to the film, and instead serves as a midquel to the first two games in the Sands of Time trilogy. Disney's marketing strategy includes a step by step release of the film. Prince of Persia will be released first in Europe, with its world premiere being held in Westfield, London UK on Sunday May 9th, then premiering on May 19, 2010 in France, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands and on May 20 in Germany. It will be released on May 21, 2010 in the United Kingdom and on May 28, 2010 in the United States in order to profit by higher viewer numbers on Memorial Day weekend. Prepared by Danish Iqbal