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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