First film of $1bn Qatar series on Prophet Mohammed to launch in 2018

Final preparations on a $1 billion, seven-part series of movies covering the life of the Prophet Mohammed and the other Abrahamic prophets are underway, with the first film set to launch in 2018, a Qatar-based media group said.

Final story lines are being written for Mohammad: The Messenger, according to Alnoor Holdings, which has been developing the epic series for more than five years.

Alnoor gave the latest update for its blockbuster at the ongoing Montreal film festival, where another film about the Prophet, Muhammad: Messenger of God, by Iranian director Majid Majidi, premiered.

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The group added that some filming for the series will take place in Qatar.

Described by the media firm as being a series “of Hollywood standards”, movie experts who have advised on development include Barrie Osborne, who produced the Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies.

Ambitions for the series have grown significantly since it was first planned as a three-part film with a budget of $150 million. In late 2012, the media group announced that the project would be much bigger in scale, running to seven parts with an estimated cost in excess of $1 billion.

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Source News: Doha News