Matrix Producer Plans Muhammad Biopic

In what sounds like a recipe for trouble, The Guardian reports on a new movie about Muslim prophet Muhammad:

Producer Barrie Osborne cast Keanu Reeves as the messiah in The Matrix and helped defeat the dark lord Sauron in his record-breaking Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now the Oscar-winning American film-maker is set to embark on his most perilous quest to date: making a big-screen biopic of the prophet Muhammad.

Budgeted at around $150m (£91.5m), the film will chart Muhammad’s life and examine his teachings. Osborne told Reuters that he envisages it as “an international epic production aimed at bridging cultures. The film will educate people about the true meaning of Islam”.

Osborne’s production will reportedly feature English-speaking Muslim actors. It is backed by the Qatar-based production company Alnoor Holdings, who have installed the Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to oversee all aspects of the shoot. In accordance with Islamic law, the prophet will not actually be depicted on screen.


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6 Comments on "Matrix Producer Plans Muhammad Biopic"

  1. tonyviner | Nov 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    Someone is going to die. I will go watch it though, as long as it upsets people.

  2. how do you shoot a biography if you can't depict the main character?

  3. what's the point…..pat the cat

  4. Good idea, as to the non-depiction thing… I get it. I’ll check it out

  5. Good idea, as to the non-depiction thing… I get it. I'll check it out

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