Disney Pushing Back ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’

Studio wants more time for post-production.

Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are delaying the release of the fantasy action feature Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by almost a year, from June 19, 2009, to Memorial Day weekend 2010.

According to Variety, Disney officially said it wants to allow plenty of time for post-production, considering that the tentpole will require extensive special effects to create its fantasy world and setpieces.

Decision to delay the release by a year caught some by surprise, although the calendar could continue to see major reshufflings because of the ongoing labor strife in Hollywood. Studios may want to allow for extra cushion in case of any production delays.

The film, based on Ubisoft's bestselling videogame, features Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.

In its new date, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opens a week after the release of Shrek Goes Forth.

Disney isn't relinquishing the June 19-21, 2009, weekend completely.

In a twin move, it is pushing up the release of Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal from September 2009 to June 19, 2009. Counterprogramming in the heart of summer with female-skewing titles has become a potential goldmine, with Disney looking to continue that trend.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was released May 28th, 2010 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Steve Toussaint, Toby Kebbell, Richard Coyle, Ronald Pickup. The film is directed by Mike Newell.

Sources: Variety

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  1. The Doctor

    Least then the film hould have no excuse to be good, now that they got a extra year of production filming.

    7 years agoby @ghettokidFlag

  2. The Doctor

    I hate it when studios push back films.

    7 years agoby @ghettokidFlag

  3. CelluloidDreams

    "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" I hope it is not has bad as "The Mummy 3"!!!

    Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds strange!

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  4. Saquin Turok 'X'

    You again. Wtf?

    7 years agoby @teesterxFlag

  5. Saquin Turok 'X'

    This sounds more like a re-script to me. Hopefully, the extra time will count. It would be disappointing to think they don't know which direction to take the movie. And I also think it'll be a lower age rating than PG-13 Physco. It is a Disney film after all, and the POP gameplay isn't exactly adult-orientated either.

    7 years agoby @teesterxFlag

  6. WonderWomyn

    I'm glad they're delaying its release to get the special effects right. The videogame is one of my favorite series. I want to see it done right. Especially when he's running across the walls, etc.

    7 years agoby @wonderwomyn74Flag

  7. Soylent Green:The Devil's Eyes

    i have no intention of seeing this sh*t

    7 years agoby @jcisawesomeFlag

  8. JR

    ha this movie is gonna suck anyway

    7 years agoby @supbitchFlag

  9. Psycho

    So they are making it. I hope it is PG-13.

    7 years agoby @physco-123Flag

  10. Shadow Of The Day


    7 years agoby @asifFlag

  11. CDT1013

    Hopefully, this means that it might end up being good.

    7 years agoby @jmt1000000Flag

  12. Clockworkcookie

    yes at least it shows they want to perfect it, not just go for some quick cash.

    7 years agoby @clockworkcookieFlag

  13. St. Bitches

    concidering all the aspects of the game... this is something they "need" to get right. So I say, good for them for taking their time.

    7 years agoby @jremydFlag

  14. jayare1

    too much comp in 09 maybe? lol regardless it's exciting stuff.

    7 years agoby @jayare1Flag

  15. The Kwisatz Haderach

    It sucks but like Phat said hopefully its worth the wait.

    7 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag

  16. St. Bitches

    Cool... I didn't know they were even making this.. Also the first time I have heard about the shrek movie as well.

    7 years agoby @jremydFlag

  17. ed_wood

    Yeah, that gives them plenty of time to get it right.

    7 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  18. Phatlightning

    damn that sucks.. I sure hope they make it worth the wait.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

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