A Doha-based media company has planned to make a one billion
dollar epic movie based on the life and teachings of Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Ahmed Al-Hashemi, chairman of Al
Noor Holding, said that the movie is endorsed by Islamic scholars,
including Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, president of the International
Union of Muslim Scholars.
The company will raise the budget to $1 billion dollars from the
$1.5 million announced three years ago.
The biopics will be produced as a
series of "seven films -- instead of three films as per an earlier
announcement -- with a total budget of $1 billion," Al-Hashemi
said in a recent statement.
He said "the team of experts has
finished writing the scenario after overcoming numerous artistic
and dramatic challenges."
The film would be produced according
to the highest international standards using the most
sophisticated technical and audio-visual systems.
Al Noor announced in 2009 that it was seeking financing for the
film series, to be produced by Barrie Osborne, a Hollywood veteran
of more than 40 years whose credits include Lord of the Rings and
Sheikh Qaradawi will lead research
on the film and serve as technical consultant on the project.
The company said the film will be in
English and will be translated into several different languages
"to correct the wrong image Western societies have of Islam."
"We are aware of the fact that this (film) is a difficult and a
challenging task," Al Noor Holding said in September.
"This is why we have consulted many
famous Islamic scholars, among them Dr. Al Qaradawi, who will
guide us on the Sharia aspect of the film," the firm added.