TEHRAN, Jan. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- DreamWorks is inviting Iranian filmmaker Bahman Qobadi to direct a movie on Nasruddin.
The screenplay is written by American writers and DreamWorks, the organization in charge of production, is negotiating with Qobadi to be the director of the movie.
Qobadi has asked for several changes in the story, and if it is approved, the film will be shot in Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, and Iran.
As mentioned in the synopsis, "One brother and sister aged 15 and 14 are looking for their father Nasruddin in different countries of the Middle East. As the story unfolds, the life of Nasruddin, who is married with three wives, is depicted and reviewed along with his problems."
Previously, Qobadi held talks with director James Ivory and his film company of Merchant Ivory Productions on two occasions in France and the United States on the same project. The original screenplay was written by the Iranian director Kambozia Partovi and the second version was by Terence Ward and Mahta Mansour, but Qobadi was dissatisfied with it and announced his resignation.
Nasruddin is an ancient Persian folk character, telling stories in the Sufi tradition as well as wisdom tales from many faiths.
Qobadi made his debut with the film "A Time for Drunken Horses" in 2000, which received the Camera'd'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His "Turtles Can Fly" represented Iranian cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the Annual Academy Awards in 2005. This movie also won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2004.
In addition, Qobadi's latest feature "Half Moon", a joint production of Iran, Iraq, Austria, and France, was selected to represent Iraqi cinema in the Oscar race in 2007.
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