Friday, May 26, 2006

Epic Feature on the Life of the Buddha Coming

Indian telecommunications mogul Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi will finance an epic feature on the life of Buddha, based on the best-selling book "Old Path White Clouds" by renowned Buddhist Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh says The Hollywood Reporter."

I, Robot" executive producers Michel Shane and Anthony Romano have signed on to produced the
film which is expected to start shooting in November in the U.S., Japan, China and India.

The $120 million English-language film will be one of the most expensive
films shot in India. It is Modi's first foray into film-making.

James: This from IndieWIRE:

Not only are A-list stars being courted for the lead roles, but the Dalai Lama has given his blessing and will consult on the film. Hanh and Dr. Modi are both in Cannes to finalize their deal. [Kristina Woo/indieWIRE]

James: Also this from NewKerala:

Says Thich Nhat Hanh: "The Buddha has suffered far too much deification over the centuries. This film might help in making him human again. The idea is to make the Buddha relevant to everybody so that the world can become a better place."

James: And this from Rediff India Abroad:

'I've wanted to do this film for several years now,' Modi told Hollywood Reporter. 'I discovered the book two years ago and it changed my life, and I felt it was up to me to share my happiness with the world.'

The film is going to be a spiritual adventure, said Shane. 'We are looking at this as an epic film for the ages -- a Lawrence of Arabia meets Gladiator,' he declared.

James's comment: I'm currently reading, Old Path, White Clouds and am very excited that a film based on this wonderful book is in the works!! Not sure though how a film about the life of the Buddha could be a Lawrence of Abrabia meets Gladiator as they both are quite violent.

Hopefully the Dalai Lama and TNH's inpute will keep the film from getting too "Hollywood."

Anyway, I hope that this movie makes it to the big screen and creates some buzz.

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Tom said...

Wow. Cool.

But, yeah, I wonder what they envision by Laurence of Arabia meets Gladiator!? Laurence of Arabia was a long episodic biopic about a charismatic person. The Gladiator was relentless in overcoming troubles and gaining stature.

I just hope they consider someone other the Keanu Reeves for the lead role. [For those who have forgotten, the usually wonderful Keanu was a flop as Buddha in the movie "Little Buddha." Actually, I didn't think he was so bad, but there were a couple of spots in the film where the audience I saw it with understandably laughed at his performance, because he was so evidently an X-Generation dude.]

I kind of hate to think who they might cast as Buddha! I would hope it is some unknown perfect-for-the-role Indian actor who looks and behaves exactly like I imagine Buddha would.

Oh well. I will get "Old Path White Clouds" ASAP! This is all very interesting!

james said...


Yeah I hope that they go with an unkown Indian actor as well.

PTCruiser said...

I ran across a website about Thich Nhat Hanh about a year ago and bookmarked it because I thought his philosophy on life was very interesting. I'm glad you brought up the book, James. I'll have to give it a read. Thanks.

Zen Unbound said...

I am now reminded that when they made "Gandhi" they found Ben Kingsley who until then was unheard of. He is ethically half British and half Indian, I think. He was great, perfect as Gandhi.

So they need a find as good as that.

Jeremy said...

Speaking of what we're all currently reading - anyone grab Richard Clarke's book yet (Against all Enemies)?

Not exactly as philosophical as what you reviewed here, but amazing factual stuff nonetheless.

The swiftboating of Clarke is fully underway.

James - I noticed just now in your profile you are a manson fan - did you see the manson pics I took on my site? Quite the show.

My friends have tried for two full years to get me more into Radiohead, as I noticed you mention them as well. It's not working out as well as planned haha.

I do like them they just haven't hit me yet like they've hit everyone else. Although I'll say fake plastic trees makes me weep like 1950's housewife who just overbaked a cake. Some good fucking shit there.

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James said...


I have seen that website and it is a good one. I would highly recommend any and all books by TNH. He one of the most Enlightened people on the face of the Earth. No wonder he is often simply called, Thay or teacher.


I agree on kingsley...he was a perfect Gandhi. Maybe they can get him to play and older Lord Buddha in the epic.


No but I've heard good things about it.

I'll have to check out your MM pix...he is quite the entertainer. Love his shows.

"Although I'll say fake plastic trees makes me weep like 1950's housewife who just overbaked a cake."

You crack me up man. And yeah, "Fake Plastic Trees" is an amazing song. Radiohead are EXCELLENT live. I think a sign of a great band is how they sound live.