Nov 02 2009
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Qatar firm plans film on Prophet
Internationally renowned producer-director Barrie Osborne, with such films as The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix to his credit, has signed up as producer.
The project was announced yesterday at an event here attended by Osborne, along with renowned Doha-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi and Ahmed Al Hashemi, chairman of Alnoor Holdings.
Qaradawi will lead the research and serve as technical consultant on the film.
The Alnoor Fund is established with an initial capitalisation of $200m to produce international films in English appealing to both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences.
The film, which is currently in the development stage, will draw upon the best international talent. Alnoor Holdings are in discussions with studios, talent agencies and distributors in the US and UK and it is anticipated that production will commence in 2011.
Al Hashemi stressed the importance of making a film on the Prophet for the global audience. “There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide and Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The story of the Prophet has great contemporary relevance for Muslims and non-Muslims alike and Alnoor is delighted to announce it as our first project.”
Alnoor Holdings (“Alnoor” or “Group”) was formally launched on Saturday with the aim of taking advantage of the growing economic importance of audio-visual entertainment and becoming the most dominant international media and entertainment player.
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