Dune Films to oversee overseas shoot

LONDON — Brit helmer Mike Newell will lens action adventure pic “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” in Morocco for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney.

Epic project is a live-action feature based on the videogame. “Prince of Persia” has a script by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and vidgame creator Jordan Mechner. The vidgame spawned six installments and numerous spin-offs, boosting Disney execs’ hopes for a lucrative new tentpole.

Choice of Morocco as a shooting location will be a boost for the North African country’s film biz.

Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies” and Paul Greengrass’ untitled Iraq war thriller both recently wrapped significant shoots there.

“Producers are always looking for cheap places to shoot and Morocco is one of them,” said Dune Films’ Jimmy Abounouom, who is repping the Moroccan shoot for Disney.

Dune execs previously handled the Moroccan shoots of Tom Hanks starrer “Charlie Wilson’s War” and Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop-Loss.”

“Prince of Persia” will also lens in Blighty’s Pinewood Shepperton studios. Project is in pre-production. Abounouom told Variety he expects the Moroccan section of the shoot to start in mid-June, labor wrangles notwithstanding.

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