Adel Adeeb Plans al Qaeda Film

Adel Adeeb, a leading Egyptian director, will produce a movie about the rise of al Qaeda. Adeeb claims it will be a unrestrained look at the militant Islamist group, probably the first Arab film on the topic, and is the first of six planned features.

He hopes to start scripting it in April with the story following an American reporter who is contacted by al Qaeda, both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, to make a film about their lives.

Adeeb’s Cairo-based film production company Good News for Film and Music produced last year’s hit “The Yacoubian Building” and is also developing a biopic of modern Egypt founder Muhammad Ali Pasha, along with the first Arab celluloid version of Sinbad the Sailor.

Why do this project? “You cannot just blame all the Arabs for all of this or blame all the Americans…we have bits and pieces of a picture of al Qaeda since September 11, but we need to see the whole picture” he told Reuters.