Monday, November 26, 2007

Gaddafi is a Screenwriter

Also in the world of screenwriting news, Muammar al-Gaddafi, the dictator of Libya, the man who once fashioned himself as “the Mao Zedong of the Middle East” is now a screenwriter:

“A series of impressionistic sketches he has written evoking his country as it was on the eve of invasion by Italy in September 1911 – placid, rustic, traditional – and then as it roused itself to fight to expel the foreigners, is to become the basis for a film costing at least $40m (£19.1m) which begins shooting in Libya next year. Aimed principally at a non-Arab audience, and entitled Dhulm – Years of Torment, it will tell the story of Libya's traumatic experience at the hands of Europe's Johnny-come-lately imperialists.”


Jake Hollywood said...

As long as he isn't in the WGA and scabbing everything is okay.

It'll be my luck the bastard will become a showrunner and end up making millions, while I'll be stuck push starting my '65 Dodge Dart on alternative day parking just so I won't get a ticket.

Such is the Hollywood life.

Mystery Man said...

God help him if he shows up to picket. Although, I know some directors who are bigger dictators...

By the way, if anyone can translate his script and e-mail it to me, I'll be HAPPY to do a script review!



bob said...

Think he might have a little more artistic control than most writers?

My path to hollywood:

1. become a meglomaniac dictator of a small country. Amass a small fortune (or not so small) in the process.

2. write a screenplay


Mickey Lee said...

Hey, Saddam wrote romance novels... why not?

Grubber said...

Bet he didn't get any crappy studio notes :)