Filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct controversial movie about Islamic prophet Muhammad

By C.F. Twob
PFP staff writer

Famed film director Martin Scorsese, who, at the 2007 Academy Awards finally won his first Oscar for the movie The Departed, announced plans to produce and direct a movie on the life of famed Muslim prophet Muhammad.

The movie, tentiatively titled Muhammad’s Mirage, is set to be released in 2010. The movie is based on the controversial Shaul al-Israeli novel of the same name, in which al-Israeli writes that Muhammad was an immoral pedophile who doubted his faith in Allah late in his own life. The book also states that Muhammad was the first documented “suicide bomber” in Islamic history, having tied himself to a large rock, which was then catapaulted into a crowd of Orthodox Jewish rabbis.

No doubt, the film will be controversial, but it’s hardly anything new for Scorsese. The director made headlines in the eighties when he directed the controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, a movie where Jesus sinned and died for his own sins.

Due to the death threats he’ll undoubtedly receive, Scorsese says he might take the infamous Alan Smithee director’s credit for Muhammad’s Mirage. “I encourage Muslims to watch the movie with an open mind and then decide for themselves what they really believe,” Scorsese said from an undisclosed location.

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