Release Date: May 28 Studio: Disney Genre: Adventure Director:Mike Newell Writer: Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard and Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin Cast:Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley Studio Description: A rogue prince (Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (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 the Trailer
Analysis: Since Super Mario Bros. tanked at the box office in 1993, video game adaptations have consistently struggled to match the popularity of their original form. In fact, the only one to top $100 million was Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which grossed $131.2 million in 2001. Video game movies are considered such a poor financial investment that a Peter Jackson-produced version of one of the top-selling series of all-time, Halo, was scrapped over a year ago due to budgetary concerns.
However, the latest video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has something going for it the others did not: it's produced by Pirates of the Caribbean hitmaker Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a longshot in 2003, due to the notorious history of failure for pirate movies, but it turned out to be a swashbuckling, supernatural crowd pleaser. Disney seems to be taking the same approach with Prince of Persia, including a trailer promising action and comedy with a decent amount of fantasy mixed in.
While Prince of Persia will have a tough time performing in the league of the first Pirates of the Caribbean, it's poised to challenge Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for highest-grossing video game adaptation. With a production rumored to be in the $200 million, though, it's gunning for even greater blockbuster returns.