EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal Talks 'Prince of Persia' Sequel and 'Source Code'

The actor discusses a possible sequel to his new film and his upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Jake Gyllenhaal discusses a possible sequel
Jake Gyllenhaal discusses a possible sequel
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal first gained notice for his intense work in dramatic films like Donnie Darko, Moonlight Mile, and Jarhead, but it was his role in the film Brokeback Mountain that earned him an Oscar nomination and made him a household name. The actor now takes on a new challenge, that of action hero in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced Disney film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Which is based on the classic video game and opens on May 28th. While the film doesn't even hit theaters for another week, rumors have already begun to swirl about a possible sequel.

We recently had a chance to speak with Jake Gyllenhaal and we asked the popular actor if it was true that a sequel was already in the works? "No not at all," replied the actor. "I think everybody's just hoping that the audience is going to like this movie and if they respond to it I think we would be more than happy to try our hand at another one. I think at this point we're all just hoping people will like this and go and see this one."

Since there were several different versions of the game over the years that took place in many different exotic locations, we asked the actor where he might like to see the adventure go in future films if they were to occur? "Oh man, it really would depend actually. Every one of the stories including the story of "Prince Of Persia" the video game, even though our story is different than that in a lot of ways, are great," said Gyllenhaal. "There are a lot of things from other games that are incorporated into this movie. So right now I don't think it is anything that any of us are really thinking about but I would love ... you know, I don't know? I'd have to think about that one. I haven't put too much thought into it yet."

Finally, we asked Gyllenhaal to tell us a little bit about another project that he is working on called Source Code. The actor seemed very excited to talk about the new sci-fi thriller and gave us a sneak peak at the plot. "The story is really complicated to explain but essentially it deals with different time realities and the issue of one person getting stuck in different time continuums. Ultimately it's kind of like the way The Usual Suspects works, everything kind of comes together in this immaculately perfect way at the end that kind of blows your mind."

Duncan Jones, who directed the critically acclaimed film Moon and is also the son of rock n' roll legend David Bowie, directs Source Code and we asked Gyllenhaal to tell us what it was like collaborating with him on the project? "Working with Duncan was extraordinary. I think he is the next generation of director," the actor said. "He is like an incredible talent and I hope to make many more movies with him because he is amazing. It is true that he is from great artistic stock but he's his own thing and was an incredible collaborator, as well as an incredible leader. I can't say enough nice things about him. I feel like I'm totally kissing his ass, which I am but I loved working with him. I think he is going to make a sick, sick movie. I think we've made an incredible film."

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.

Source Code was released April 1st, 2011 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Cas Anvar, Russell Peters, Brent Skagford. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.



Sources: Jami Philbrick

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Comments (5)

  1. Xenon

    Persia wasn't that great but I slightly enjoyed it. Personally I would have enjoyed it more if the actor was Persian and it had an in depth plot.
    Anyway I would prefer a reboot before moving on since the film flopped.

    3 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  2. Ryan Moran

    hope it happens this movie was awesome make many more

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  3. Tomp1210

    the movie sucked, i thought. But i know how good it could have been - more action, deeper and more complex story, and proper character development. I havent played the games, but if they had that half-god possession thing, who is trying to stop the gods unleash wrath upon the earth for overusing the power of the dagger/ impure guardians, that would rule. And I think it would be better if the god had unlimited power with the dagger, making for complicated strategies and action - like Next meets Sherlock holmes. And Darker please, the first movie was too simple, and unengaging, no-ones fault really, just a flawed concept for the project.

    4 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  4. Trevort

    Common! They should make a sequel, if you've played the game only this movie is not enough! The story is incomplete. Part 2 will be much better I am sure of that.

    4 years agoby @trevortFlag

  5. Cripple

    Can't wait for Source Code.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag