“The Messenger of Peace”, an English-language feature film about the life of the Prophet Mohammad, is headed into production says The Hollywood Reporter.
A remake of Moustapha Akkad’s 1977 Hollywood classic “The Message” starring Anthony Quinn, that film had Mohammad and his companions heard speaking off-camera but never directly shown in accordance with Muslim conventions forbidding their visual depiction.
The work is often applauded by Muslims as an example of how commercial Western cinema can respect Islam. Producer Oscar Zoghbi, who worked on the original film, says the latest project will employ modern film techniques while keeping the first film’s core messages.
Portrayals of Mohammad in artistic works in recent years from Danish cartoons to a recent novel about Mohammad’s child bride have sparked outrage and anger. The filmmakers hope that they come up with a “film that emotionally engages audiences on the journey that led to the birth of Islam.”