Walt Disney Pictures has delayed the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced video game adaptation of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” a full year – from June 19th 2009 to May 28th 2010 says our regular date watcher ‘Zephyr’.
The Mike Newell-directed video game adaptation has Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman (Ben Kingsley) from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
In some ways the release date must be considered an improvement: it was due to come out one week before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, possibly the biggest movie of 2009 and its timetable would’ve forced it to rush through production.
The move slots it between a fourth “Shrek” on May 21st and “Thor” on June 4th and with Memorial Day falling on May 31st, “Prince of Persia” has the advantage of the four-day weekend.
However, this also puts into question Disney’s other Summer 2010 film – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” which comes out just three weeks before on May 7th 2010.