Filmed in Jordan, a Bestseller to Become a Blockbuster
Submitted by: Yeslicam Films Corp.
(OPENPRESS) April 17, 2012 -- Following an intensive, two-year venture, another high-profile movie production is headed to Jordan.
Lebanese writer-director Nael Gharzeddine will begin five weeks of filming 'The Prophecies Of Karma: The Warning' end of November. Gharzeddine's screenplay from his science fiction novel of the same name, sets time between 2060 and 2080 of an eight-year-old, genetically-modified "diplomat" Jamal Nader.
The high-budget science fiction is expected to star an Oscar-winner actress and a Global Award-nominee actor, whose involvement is yet to be confirmed.
Attempts to reach Gharzeddine and the actors' agents have been unsuccessful.
Information from Gharzeddine's agents in Istanbul confirmed Thursday that the movie will be filmed in Jordan. "The Turkish producers are expected to disclose all details mid May. But yes, we are shooting in Jordan for sure."
The production budget for 'The Prophecies Of Karma: The Warning' is thus far unknown, as producers generally keep such numbers under wraps. It is estimated by sources to be between 14 and 16 million.
The Prophecies Of Karma bring havoc when environmentalist fanatics shake the globe with riots in a futuristic world where robots and people live side by side. Jamal Nader loses his father in a car accident, his mother is sent to prison, and the boy is placed under the charge of his grandmother who fights over his custody against a priest named Father Fadi. Years later, Jamal realizes that nothing was as it seemed and his survival will depend solely on his genetic superiority
Gharzeddine's The Warning, the first of the trilogy, has grown to become a cult among avid fiction readers in Lebanon and is spreading around the Middle East, Far East and Africa. The sequel is expected to come out while filming The Warning.
In April 2011, the actors who co-starred in Baz Luhrmann's 2008 film Australia, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, visited Jordan and were invited by Queen Rania of Jordan for a three-day tour of the country. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are said to star in the roles of Jamal's mother and foster father. Their Jordan visit came one month before the debut of Gharzeddine's bestseller, The Warning.
Jordan is a country with strong political support and a variety of locations that have been used by filmmakers from all over the world. Films that have been shot in Jordan include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which was filmed in Petra' in 1988. Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean was filmed in the Wadi Rum desert in 1961. Recent films that were shot in Jordan are The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Redacted directed by Brian De Palma, some second unit scenes from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Fair Game starring Sean Penn, and Battle for Haditha directed by Nick Broomfield.
"We are working on building a strong, professional Jordanian film industry that produces quality films. We train aspiring film-makers in all fields related to film-making, from spotting locations, to scriptwriting, cinematography, and editing," said Nada Doumani, Communication and Culture Advisor for Jordan's Royal Film Commission.
Established in 2003, the commission hopes to promote Jordan as a place where people from the Middle East can freely make films alongside the world's most talented filmmakers.