Thursday, August 31, 2017

"It Is Time For The ISIS National Rifle Association?

“But I’m trying to make an anti-war film,” says Salama. “Whereas American Sniper was pro-war.”

 "The same actor who played the sniper in American Sniper — Sammy Sheik (Tyrant, Homeland, Sand Castle) — is attached to my film." Amr Salama

Amr Salama, the award-winning Egyptian director who is bringing his latest film Sheikh Jackson to Toronto next month, is developing a feature aimed squarely at one of the biggest war movies of all time.

Iraqi Sniper (working title), will tell the “other side of the story of American Sniper, the story about the villain,” Salama tells THR.

In Clint Eastwood’s 2014 box-office smash American Sniper, Bradley Cooper starred as top U.S. marksman Chris Kyle. His chief antagonist in the film was a mysterious sniper on the side of the Iraqi insurgents who went by the name of Mustafa.

“He’s the hero in my film,” says Salama, who says he was incensed into making the film when he first saw American Sniper. “I hated it. That was my inspiration — I hated it so much that I wanted to work on a different version of that story.”

There was indeed a real-life top sniper fighting for the Iraqis, given the nickname Juba, whose exploits — thought by some to be hundreds of kills — were touted in a number of videos released between 2005 and 2007. There were rumors that he had even been an Olympic athlete at one point. [Full]

" In the book, there is an enemy sniper, but he wasn't in the Olympics, as Syria has never medalled a marksman in the Olympics (in the movie, there was a picture of Mustafa shown on a medal stand when he was leaving his apartment, clearly one artistic license of the many in the film). As others have stated, Chris Kyle mentioned in the book that "Mustafa" was killed by others." -Brad Neumyer

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