ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
Video game adaptation
next big thing
LONDON, May 5, (RTRS): A
bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal has
moved from dark, edgy roles to big
budget action adventure in “Prince
of Persia: The Sands of Time,” a
movie that could succeed the hit
“Pirates” franchise as Disney’s next
While the 29-year-old, Oscar-
nominated actor is being typically
coy about future plans, Gyllenhaal
said in an interview
that he was ready to
return to the role of
6th century Persian
Prince of Persia,
based on the popu-
lar video game
Gyllenhaal appeared in 1989,
London on Sunday and hits theatres
in late May.
“Of course, if there’s an opportu-
nity to do another one and people
respond to it,” Gyllenhaal told
Reuters in an interview to promote
the movie, when asked if he envis-
aged the film as part of a series.
“I don’t think that’s really on our
mind. I think our mind is to get this
one out. But of course, it would be an
honour. If an audience asks for a
sequel, then that’s an honour,” added
the actor, who trained hard for
demanding stunt and fight
The three “Pirates of the In this photo taken on April 5, Fatima Bhutto, niece of slain former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, speaks during the launch of her book ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ in Bangalore. Her striking looks recall her
Caribbean” films to date, starring famous aunt, slain Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, but Fatima Bhutto, who has penned a memoir of her family’s blood-soaked history, says the resemblance ends there. (Inset): Fatima poses with a copy of her book
Johnny Depp, are a hard act to fol- ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ in New Delhi. (AFP)
low, having grossed $2.7 billion at
the global box office.
Industry followers see an addition- Books
al challenge in that big-screen adap-
tations of video games have strug-
gled to meet expectations. Estimates
of Prince of Persia’s production
budget range from $150-200 million.
Gyllenhaal is braced for a rough
Laura Bush kicks off book tour
ride from followers of the Prince of
Persia game series, which he played
as a young boy.
“I know ... this will not appease all
gamers, and I know there is a lot of
Bhutto niece pens ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’
scepticism about the translation of a NEW DELHI, May 5, (Agencies): Her test elections following eight years of self- plastic surgery. After that I took some good advice from
video game to a movie, but I also striking looks recall her famous aunt, slain exile. In his debut novel, “Pretend All Your people and set it aside for a bit then revis-
feel excited that I think we’ve done Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, but Fatima said she wrote the book as a Life,” Mackin writes about a Park Avenue ited it and made some more changes.”
something that’s better than any of Fatima Bhutto, who has penned a memoir “homage” to her father and also to redress plastic surgeon and his life over six disas- Q: Have you started your next book?
the translations that have come out of her family’s blood-soaked history, says what she sees as his distorted image in the trous days in post 9/11 New York City. The A: “Yes, I am writing a book about an
thus far. the resemblance ends there. public eye. surgeon’s son Bernardo, who worked in elderly woman who loses her husband but
“These games haven’t been given Fatima is a fierce critic of her charis- After Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed, finance, died in the Twin Towers. decides one morning that she didn’t lose
matic aunt, who twice served as prime Murtaza and his younger brother Mackin studied literature at New York him but that he is still around. It’s called
the respect they deserve in the movie minister, claiming she was power hungry Univerity, Yale and at the IEN in “Aubage”.
Shahnawaz formed a guerrilla outfit to
world and I think (producer) Jerry Barcelona, Spain, and also worked at The
(Bruckheimer) has done that and I
and “morally responsible” for the murder revenge his death and overthrow Zia. ❑ ❑ ❑
Former US first lady Laura Bush auto- of her own brother — the writer’s father — The group was blamed for shootings, Paris Review but it took him some time
think that we tried so hard to make it graphs copies of her book at a signing in 1996. bombings and the 1981 hijacking of a before he felt he was ready to pick up a pen Former first lady Laura Bush kicked off
our own and at the same time stay event to promote her memoir ‘Spoken The book, “Songs of Blood and Sword”, Pakistan International Airways plane. and write. a national book tour Tuesday in northern
true to the games. From The Heart’ May 4, at a bookstore in is an adulatory — critics say airbrushed — Mackin, who also works as an Internet Virginia, cranking out nearly 10 auto-
McClean, Virginia. (AFP) Their activities earned Murtaza a “terror-
“They (gamers) are tough, and I portrayal of Fatima’s father, ist” tag that his daughter maintains is consultant, spoke to Reuters about writing graphs a minute as hundreds of fans wait-
appreciate that. I come from a tough Murtaza Bhutto, a rival to Benazir in unwarranted. and his book: ed hours for a five-second opportunity to
family. I don’t mind tough critics.” Pakistan’s volatile, faction-ridden politics. The book aims to break through the Q: What got you interested in plastic say hello.
surgery? Fans began lining up shortly after 7 a.m.
Outsider Variety “It’s a book I always knew I would
write” as a “journey of remembrance of
“mythology built around him” by oppo-
nents, says Fatima, who took six years A: “I did some Internet consultancy for outside the Books-A-Million in McLean
Gyllenhaal cut his acting teeth as a some plastic surgeons and I was fascinated for the chance to buy an autographed copy
my father,” Fatima told AFP in New Delhi “playing private detective” and tracking
troubled outsider in smaller-budget where she was promoting her book. by how people want to change the way of Bush’s new memoir, “Spoken from the
movies which won him critical down her father’s friends. Heart.”
MADRID: Spanish director Pedro Pakistan’s most famous political Execution they look to have their outside reflect their
acclaim. Almodovar has cast “Zorro” star Antonio dynasty has been dogged by bloodshed insides. After 9/11 it was the case that the Seated on a chair with gold-colored
“Donnie Darko” (2001) is consid- Banderas in his next film about a vengeful Death runs through the length of her insides of things were exposed — of peo- accents, Bush repeatedly thanked her
since Fatima’s grandfather, Zulfikar Ali story, from her grandfather’s execution,
ered by some to be his breakthrough, plastic surgeon, two decades after they last Bhutto, the nation’s first democratically ple and how the world was — and in many many fans, who were thrilled to meet a
while “Brokeback Mountain” earned worked together, El Pais said Wednesday. the shooting of her father, the mysterious cases the insides did not match what was woman they universally described as “a
elected leader, was hanged by the dictator- death of Shahnawaz — the Bhutto family
him his sole Academy Award nomi- Spanish actor Banderas, familiar for ship of General Zia-ul-Haq in 1979. previously thought.” class act.”
nation and a BAFTA award in Hollywood films such as “Evita” and believed he was poisoned — and Benazir’s Q: Did you find attitudes to plastic sur- “I will read anything the Bush family
“Assassins”, and also his marriage to the In each decade, “the Bhuttos seemed to
assassination. gery have changed? writes,” said Susan Miller, 64, of
Britain. American actress Melanie Griffith, first lose another member” of the family, says
Despite her anger toward Benazir, Arlington. “I’ve always admired Laura
He was linked with several action Fatima, 28, who studied at Columbia A: “In the 1990s it seems plastic surgery
worked with Almodovar in 1982 when he was Fatima also recalls the good times when was losing its taboo quality and people Bush and I can’t wait for her husband’s
hero parts in the past, notably 22 years old. University in New York, then did an MA at
London’s School of Oriental and African she was a child and Benazir was her were no longer hiding it. It became more book to come out. I just think they’re a
Spider-Man and Batman films, but it They collaborated together on a handful “favourite aunt” who read her bedtime sto- prevalent across the country and has great team.” Former president George W.
was Prince of Persia which finally more films, including “Women on the Verge of Studies.
ries and recollects they shared a taste for grown every year for the past few decades Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” is set to
brought him into the Hollywood a Nervous Breakdown” and, in their last out- Adored “disgusting sticky sweets.” as they continue to invent more proce- be released in November.
mainstream. ing together 21 years ago, “Tie Me Up! Tie She now lives at the longtime Bhutto But when Benazir came to office as Kristina Okhotin, 21, of San Diego said
Me Down!”. dures. One-third of patients now are men.
“I think it was about time I family home in a plush suburb of Karachi, prime minister, “power transformed her Plastic surgery dropped off briefly after she is a fan of the Bushes, but she debated
It “will be close to a horror film,” Pakistan’s commercial hub, with her
stopped taking myself so seriously,” Almodovar said about his new production, and not for the good,” she says. 9/11 but then it came right back. whether to attend the signing. She finally
the actor said, when asked why he adored stepmother Ghinwa Bhutto, who Fatima said she has survived “all this Liposuction is one of the ones that grew decided an opportunity to meet a first lady
provisionally titled “The Skin I Live In”, raised her after her parents split when she
had followed the likes of Tobey “which was something I really wanted to do as madness” because she had a “lucky source the most. I stood and watched a full face was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. into I had never made one, but I will not respect was a baby. of strength in my (step)mother to help me lift and liposuction to the neck and upper “In real life, she looked a lot prettier,”
action movies. any rules of the genre.” A precocious writer, she published a move past the violence.” and lower eye lids during a four-hour pro- Okhotin said.
The Spanish director will adapt Frenchman volume of poetry when she was just 15 — A poised speaker who some believe cedure.” Bush began signing books at noon and
“When I was a little younger, and a year after her father was gunned down
Thierry Jonquet’s 1999 novel “Tarantula”, a could emerge as a politician in her own Q: Were you in New York on 9/11? the line had cleared by about 1:30 p.m.
I did start (acting) so young, I think outside the same family home — and now Most of those waiting in line were women.
dark tale involving grisly applications of plas- right, Fatima insists she harbours no polit- A: “I was in Manhattan. I knew people
you tend to try and be a little bit is a newspaper columnist known for her who were killed. Everyone I knew was In the book she discusses her husband’s
tic surgery as a father takes revenge against ical ambitions and does not believe in
more of what you think other people the man who raped his daughter. (AFP) outspokenness. “birthright” politics. affected by it. It is still like that. As we decision to stop drinking in the mid 1980s
might want or what people might ❑ ❑ ❑ She recounts in the book how she hid in Her wish is to continue being a writer as have come around, with the new president and describes him as “a bore” when he
consider to be interesting. a windowless dressing room, clutching her she feels it allows her “a freer role to speak and the wars, it receded a bit but it comes drank. She also writes about a fatal car
“And then I think I found that I’ve SYDNEY: The Jim Henson Company is to young brother, when her father was shot about issues from outside the system.” back fresh again and people look at it in a accident she was involved in as a teenager
just decided to do what I find inter- partner with Australian production outfit dead in what she sees as a move to elimi- different light.” growing up in Midland, Texas.
Omnilab Media to make “Power of the Dark But the feuds that have beset her family
esting. That doesn’t mean I’m not nate a rival to Benazir — who was then have percolated down into her own gener- Q: Was this the first novel you wrote? In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on
Crystal,” a sequel to Henson’s 1982 fantasy hit prime minister.
going to do films that are darker later “The Dark Crystal,” the companies confirmed ation. A: “This is my second novel but my her syndicated television show Tuesday,
on,” he added. Wednesday.
Benazir “certainly felt Pakistan was not She and her two brothers have no con- first public novel. The first novel I sort of Bush said she still carries guilt from the
In Prince of Persia Gyllenhaal “Daybreakers” directors Peter and Michael big enough for two Bhuttos at that time,” tact with Benazir’s three children. lost in the middle. I was too ambitious in crash, in which she ran a stop sign and
plays Dastan, a boy adopted by King Spierig will helm the film, which is to be said Fatima, who cites in her book a tribu- “That door was shut long ago,” she says. the concept but I am glad that I was, as I struck and killed a high school friend.
nal ruling that her father’s killing could not found what I needed to know to do better. “What I did was try not to think about it,
Sharaman who becomes embroiled made in stereoscopic 3D with a mix of live
have happened without approval at the ❑ ❑ ❑
action and Henson puppetry, and is being Some young writers burst right out of the put it out of my mind,” Bush told Winfrey.
in a quest to protect a magic dagger “highest level of government.” As a New Yorker, Joseph Mackin was box ... but I needed to know more about As for the drinking, Bush told Winfrey
that can access the legendary Sands billed as one of the most ambitious projects
ever to be made in Australia. Benazir blamed her brother’s death on a enormously affected by the 9/11 attacks so the world in order to write this. What I it was part of the culture in Midland but
of Time, capable of turning back “Power of the Dark Crystal” will be pro- plot to destabilise her government. it seemed natural to focus on this event knew at 22 I could not write this book.” that her husband decided after his 40th
time. duced by the Australia-based production arm She was herself killed in a suicide attack when he wrote and to combine another Q: How long did the book take? birthday to quit drinking, and did it cold
Directed by Mike Newell and star- of Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment, in 2007 after returning to Pakistan to con- issue high up in the America psyche — A: “It took me about 18 months to write. turkey.
ring Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina while Omnilab-owned special effects house
and Gemma Arterton, the movie fea- Illoura will work on the CGI elements of the
tures battles, chases, plenty of spe- film.
cial effects and light-hearted dia- Set hundreds of years after the events of the
first movie, when the world has once again Lion King” director Rob Minkoff is planning Ventani told the AP in an e-mail that the cast which will hit New York’s Madison Square
logue. another fantasy epic set in China. of the $75 million to $100 million production Garden Sept. 21, Houston’s Toyota Center
fallen into darkness, “Power of the Dark
Gyllenhaal said he looked back far Crystal” follows the adventures of a mysteri- Publicists said in a statement sent to The hasn’t been decided. Oct. 8 and L.A.’s Staples Center Oct. 23.
into Hollywood history for inspira- ous girl made of fire who, together with a Associated Press on Wednesday that Minkoff “The Forbidden Kingdom,” about an Tickets go on sale to the public May 7, with
tion. Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the leg- will direct the 3-D English-language action American teenager who tries to free the mythi- prices ranging from $9.50 to $149.50.
“I like to think of this as a little bit endary crystal in an attempt to reignite the adventure “Chinese Odyssey” with financial cal Monkey King with fellow fighters, brought The Colombian singer-songwriter’s latest
more Errol Flynn in a way, I’ve dying sun that exists at the center of the plan- backing from two Chinese studios, including together Chan and Li for the two kung fu album on Epic, “She Wolf,” has sold 303,000
always thought of it that way and I et. (RTRS) the state-owned China Film Group. stars’ first on-screen collaboration. (AP) copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen
❑ ❑ ❑ Minkoff was quoted in the statement as ❑ ❑ ❑ SoundScan. The Spanish version of her latest
was always inspired by him in this describing the movie as a “supernatural high- single, “Gypsy,” is No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin
movie.” HONG KONG: After uniting Jackie Chan seas adventure that pits our hero against an LOS ANGELES: Shakira has announced the pop airplay charts. Her first single, “She
and Jet Li in “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “The onslaught of deadly foes.” Producer Pietro Chan Banderas first three dates of her North America tour, Wolf,” went to No. 11 on the Hot 100. (RTRS)