Remember “The Satanic Verses“?
Came out when I was a kid (relatively). Big-to-do. Apparently had “blasphemous portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Didn’t win many awards, unless you count a fatwa to kill yourself as a form of flattery.
That was a book. Imagine the uproar that will come when they try to portray The Prophet(tm) on film??
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.
Yes, Islam says there shall be no portrayals, drawings, pictures, etc., of Muhammad. I can respect the idea. It’s supposed to keep the focus on the message, and not the man.
However, I always cringe when people decide that those who create an image should be killed. and never in a pleasant manner.
So, if you thought the Christians went nuts during the “Passion of the Christ” fiasco, this one’s going to be a doozy.