Jerry Bruckheimer and Nicolas Cage made a special appearance today at D23 and showed off trailers for two of next years big summer films, “Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time”, and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. I’ve been curious about “Prince of Persia” for a while now since I’ve played and loved the game. I’ve been hoping that it would finally be the “one”. By this I mean that it would finally by the first video game movie that actually turned out to be good.
Meanwhile, I’ve just been curious about “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” because it’s based off of the iconic Fantasia segment and features Nicolas Cage as the sorcerer and Jay Baruchel as his apprentice. It’s been a big “why?” to me since it was first announced, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how it turns out. You can now get a full trailer breakdown for both films when you click on the jump.
Coming Soon’s Silas Lesnick is on the scene over at D23 and got to see both trailers today. He says that the trailer for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” featured quite a bit of Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan and that it explained the basic plot. Lesnick then describes the trailer by telling us that: “there is a magical dagger that offers the bearer the power to travel through time. Ben Kingsley (as the evil Nizam) wants to steal it and use it it to destroy the world, so Dastan and Tamina (Gemma Arterton) have to take it to “the secret guardian temple” where it can be safe. There’s quite a bit of fast cutting and flirting between Dastan and Tamina. At one point, they appear to be in disguise as servants and she asks if he’s carrying the dagger. He tells her that she’ll have to do a pretty thorough search to find it.”
This sounds cool and all, but I’m let down because I don’t see any mention of scenes showing off the video games trademark acrobatic/parkourish stunts. I want my “Prince of Persia” movie to be nothing but Prince Dastan running up walls, grabbing on to bars, and jumping from one wall to the next Jackie Chan style. If the finished film doesn’t have any of this then I, and all the other fans, will be pissed. I’m 100% sure of this.
Lesneck then describes the footage that was shown for “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by saying: “The footage shown mixed behind-the-scenes shots with actual segments from film. In it, Cage plays Balthazar Blake, an ancient sorcerer who has been searching for an apprentice “since the time of Merlin”. He finds it in young Jay Baruchel, who seems completely taken aback at the prospect of becoming a sorcerer himself.
Among the scenes showcased were glimpses of the famous broom sequence, originally from “Fantasia” and a quick shot of a live-action hat matching the conical blue one that Mickey Mouse wears in the feature.”
I don’t really have many thoughts about this. I never would have thought that I would write so much about Nicolas Cage when I got this job, but here I am again. I really think that this whole film depends on which Cage we will get. Like every other movie that he’s done lately, he will either make or break the film. I’m hoping for a fun Cage performance and if we do get just that with a fun story then I’m sure Disney has a huge hit on their hands.
“Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time” is set for a May 28th, 2010 release date. Meanwhile, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is set for a July 16th, 2010 release.