Prince of Persia pushed back a year

The upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced video game adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has been pushed back almost a full year. We get the news from our friends over at ComingSoon.net:

“Walt Disney Pictures has moved the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time out of its June 19, 2009 release date spot (which would have been a week before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is opening) and has pushed it back almost a year to May 28, 2010, which is the week after Shrek Goes Fourth is scheduled and a week before Marvel Studios’ Thor.

With Memorial Day being observed on May 31, 2010, the movie would have a four day opening, unless it debuts earlier in the week.

The Mike Newell-directed video game adaptation stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley. Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.”

On the one hand this kind of surprises me. A film of this potential size getting pushed back almost a full year from it’s originally set release date? That can’t be a good thing. On the other hand however it was going to go virtually head-to-head with the sequel to the mega blockbuster Transformers so it kind of makes sense.

Prince of Persia is one of the few video games that I think has enough story to make up a film and I actually think it has potential to be a decent enough time at the movies. However it can’t only be down to it’s close release date to Transformers 2 that’s has caused it to be moved as it now has to go up against the likes of the next Shrek film and Thor. This news doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the project, now does it?

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John Woo to Direct ‘Caliber’

It appears legendary action director John Woo is directing a movie based on a comic book. We get the story through our friends at ComingSoon.net:

John Woo will direct comic book adaptation, to be unveiled at next week’s Comic-Con in San Diego, reports Variety. The film looks likely to be a three-way co-production of Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, Barry Levine’s Radical Comics and Lion Rock, the U.S.-based that Woo runs with longstanding partner Terence Chang.

Radical Comics’ hit story sets King Arthur and his knights as 19th century gunslingers in the Pacific Northwest.

Woo, who is currently editing part two of his epic Red Cliff, previously announced that he will helm Lion Rock’s $40 million film 1949, a period romancer set against the tumultuous background of the Chinese Revolution.

Woo’s other Stateside projects include a remake of 1969 French crime drama The Sicilian Clan, which starred Alain Delon and Lino Ventura, and The Divide, the story of a Chinese labourer working on America’s transcontinental railroads in the 19th century.

Now since I am not at all a comic book reader I have inevitably not heard of Caliber but by the description it sounds like it has potential to kick-ass. And I have every faith in John Woo as remember he is the guy who gave us the fantastic action flick Hard Boiled. What are your thoughts on him directing a comic book adaptation?