Prince of Persia and Persia

Reader Masoud Shoushtarian asks about the Prince of Persia movie:

1. do know about persian culture and persian civilization?

2. why do you make this movie without iranian actor or actress?

3. why don’t you make this movie in iran?

The story and screenplay for Prince of Persia were inspired by many sources, especially the tales of the 1001 Nights and Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Book of Kings). In doing the research I read pretty widely, including the lives and writings of Omar Khayyam, Rumi, and Ibn Battuta, and modern histories such as Frye’s The Golden Age of Persia, but my goal was to create an entertaining fantasy in the spirit of the 1001 Nights.

In my afterword for the Prince of Persia graphic novel (which was written by an Iranian author, A.B. Sina) I talk a bit more about the origins of Prince of Persia and its connection to Iranian history and legend. The graphic novel site also has an interview with A.B. offering some of his thoughts on the subject.

The movie casting and location decisions weren’t mine to make, but the choice to shoot in Morocco and the UK was certainly based on practical considerations including availability of locations and production facilities. For similar reasons, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, and Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra were also shot in Morocco, although those stories take place in Jerusalem, Somalia and Egypt respectively.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 in Blog, Comics, Film, Games, Prince of Persia | 3 comments

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  1. 10-27-2008

    Hello Jordan,

    You’ve said you didn’t make the casting decisions, but can you tell us:

    Is it true that David Zandi was once seriously considered for the title role?

    How do you feel about the film’s white stars?

    If it were your choice, would you have chosen any differently?

  2. 10-27-2008

    Thanks!

  3. 4-28-2009

    My studio friends say David Zandi was considered, but passed on because he is a homosexual.

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