- Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Richard Coyle, Reece Ritchie, Ambika Jois, Gisli Orn Garoarsson, Steve Toussaint, Daud Shah, Dave Pope, Ronald Pickup, Luke Beach, Selva Rasalingam, Stephen A. Pope, Thomas DuPont, Charlie Banks, Casillas Medina
- Director: Mike Newell
- Writers: Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin
- Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
- Associate Producer: Pat Sandston
- Executive Producers: John August, Patrick McCormick, Eric McLeod, Jordan Mechner, Chad Oman, Mike Stenson
- Art Directions: Gary Freeman, Jonathan McKinstry, Marco Trentini
- Casting: Susie Figgis
- Costume Design: Penny Rose
- D.O.P.: John Seale
- Editors: Mick Audsley, Martin Walsh
- Makeup: Sallie Jaye
- Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
- Production Design: Wolf Kroeger
- Set Decoration: Elli Griff
A fantasy adventure based on Ubisoft's popular video game. Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons.
In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it's up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Morocco
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action
- Production Budget: $150 million
- Production Companies: Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Pictures
- Production Schedule: 22 July 2008 - November 2008
Orlando Bloom, Zac Efron and Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan were previously linked to the lead role.
Golshifteh Farahani was invited to do a screen test in London but was arrested at the airport by the Iranian authorities & banned from leaving the country for six months due to her starring in Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies"
2010 Guide Analysis: "Disney may be targeting families with its next Bruckheimer period action/fantasy potential franchise, but no single demographic anticipates this early Summer epic more than gay men. No matter which way he tiles his teeth, star Jake Gyllenhaal is to that demo what Robert Pattinson is to teenage girls - the unmatched pin-up fantasy and one of the leading causes of non-work/sport-related carpal tunnel syndrome.
Armed with about 20-30 pounds of extra muscle and leather pants, the first look publicity stills and set videos revolved entirely around him being shirtless. With films so often marketed on their actresses in tight bikinis, it's good to see a major blockbuster take a more equal opportunity approach - hell it's rare to see a studio confident enough in its star that they don't force him to wax his chest.
Yet no matter how you cut it, Jake doesn't look even the slightest bit Middle Eastern which has already drawn a lot of controversy. Together with a haircut and British accent that really don't suit him, the worry is that the whole thing simply will not work.
Not helping that belief is that action movies based on video games have all been critical pariahs and commercially only modestly successful at best. The closest example to this in terms of size and style are the generally derided "Tomb Raider" films which themselves were based around a star (Angelina Jolie) who perfectly suited the role - the script and direction just never came anywhere near close enough to support her.
This one has a strong pedigree at the helm in the form of director Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") which explains why some of the visuals of the trailer looked quite promising. Ben Kingsley also seems well cast as an evil vizier.
Yet the script comes from two scribes whose only previous credits are "The Uninvited" and "The Great Raid", both of which were considered flops. Hopefully under Bruckheimer's guidance they've created something that works, either way Disney certainly knows how to market a property like this well. Could the doubts be disproven? I'll definitely give it a shot."