Newell Considers Prince of Persia

Known for its beautifully rendered animation and engaging storyline, the Ubisoft video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is headed for the big screen, but Michael Bay will not be at the helm as previously assumed. Instead, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has offered the gig to Mile Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), according to Daily Variety.

Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and game creator Jordan Mechner collaborated on the script or the live-action movie. The game revolves around a Persian Prince who, during an attack on an Indian Kingdom, takes possession of special dagger that allows him to stop, slow or even reverse time. The film will likely go into production when the Writers’ Guild strike and looming SAG strike is over.

Inspired by The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, Mechner teamed with developer Br’derbund to launch the first Prince of Persia Game for PCs and early consoles in 1989 . Ubisoft decided to bring the franchise to PlayStation 2, Xbox and Gamecube in 2003 with Sands of Time, which has spawned six sequels.

Prior taking his turn with the Harry Potter franchise, Newell directed a lot of British and U.S. TV before helmng such popular films as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco. His latest film, an adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel Love in the Time of Cholera, opens on Nov. 16.