Magazine article Screen International

Amr Waked Talks about Directing Arab Superhero Project, Co-Producing R for Revolution

Magazine article Screen International

Amr Waked Talks about Directing Arab Superhero Project, Co-Producing R for Revolution

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Egyptian actor and filmmaker Amr Waked has revealed further details of Antara, his ambitious new "Arab superhero" project.This is a three-part "heroic fantasy film" about Antara Ibn Shaddad, known in pre-Islamic times for his bravery and strength.

He has scripted the film and will also direct.

Waked (whose acting credits include Syriana and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) won't be starring in the film, which is being made through his production company, Zad Communications."We want to make a superhero that speaks Arabic," the director said of the project. Waked says that he already has "a big chunk of the money" as well as coproducers and funders in the Gulf area. "Not enough to do the three parts so we might just do one part at the time."The aim is to start preparing in earnest for the film in March or April and then to shoot in winter 2012. The budget for the first part is around $5m (with the entire trilogy expected to cost $15m.)"The first part deals with ancient Arabia and ancient Egypt so we have a lot of budget going on the sets, the costumes, the army and all of that," Waked told Screen. "We feel that a film like Antara will really open a lot of doors for many other people who want to do historical films because there is so much history in the Arab world and Egypt world that cannot be left out of the art of cinema. …

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