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7/2 - #GerardButler is gaining momentum in Hollywood as producer for "The Septembers of Shiraz,"

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From The LA Times:

EXCLUSIVE: When we saw Gerard Butler on the big screen in the fall, he was flying off to a world trouble spot in"Machine Gun Preacher," in which he played a real-life missionary-cum-mercenary in the Sudan.

Get ready for another fact-based period story, also set in a far-flung international hotspot, from Butler, who this time around will be involved as a producer.

Butler is gaining momentum in Hollywood for "The Septembers of Shiraz," the movie version of Dalia Sofer’s well-regarded debut novel from a few years back. The project recently signed up a director, the Brazilian Heitor Dhalia (the coming-of-age tale “Adrift,” the recent thriller “Gone”), according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. The film will be based on a script by Hanna Weg, who also wrote the upcoming action thriller ”The Bricklayer” for Butler. Casting is underway, with the film expected to lock down its leads in the coming weeks.

Though Butler will serve only in a producerial capacity, the film counts heavy involvement from the actor's camp. Also producing are Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson, who work closely with Butler at his production company (Siegel first optioned the book), as well as Heidi Jo Markel, who is collaborating with Butler on his upcoming romantic dramedy “Playing the Field” and his White House thriller "Olympus Has Fallen."

Inspired by Sofer’s own experiences, “Shiraz” tells of a young Jewish girl in Iran whose life is thrown into disarray shortly after the 1979 revolution, when her wealthy jeweler father is brutally jailed. The father calls many in the shah’s inner circle associates, a fact that doesn't exactly sit well with the newly anointed Ayatollah Khomeini and the Revolutionary Guards under his command.

The book garnered very strong reviews when it was released in 2007, with the Wall Street Journal calling it “extraordinary” for its depiction of the fragile bonds of family in a political hotbed, while the New York Times described it as "a remarkable debut," adding that the novel was "richly evocative [and] powerfully affecting."

It would be hard to avoid the political implications of the project, at a time when tensions between Iran and the West, particularly Israel, continue to simmer. (The movie is likely to shoot in Turkey or Israel as a stand-in for the Islamic Republic.)

Revolution-era Iran stories have been well-received -- e.g., “Persepolis” a few years ago -- while a story in modern-day Iran,"A Separation," won the country's first ever Oscar in 2012. But filmmaking in the country has become more challenging than ever as the political climate has worsened. Filmmakers no doubt hope that Butler’s involvement -- not to mention ongoing news events -- can keep the interest level high.

[For the Record, 10:30 a.m. July 3: An earlier version of this post implied that "Machine Gun Preacher" was Butler's most recent role. He has since appeared in "Coriolanus."]

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ah! that could be one of the reasons Gerry toured 'locations' in Turkey after Cannes -

he was supposedly with Antoine Fuqua...but since the translation was 'rough' perhaps it was for this project

:hmm:

Whatever! Terrific news for Gerry and Alan!

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ah! that could be one of the reasons Gerry toured 'locations' in Turkey after Cannes -

he was supposedly with Antoine Fuqua...but since the translation was 'rough' perhaps it was for this project

:hmm:

Whatever! Terrific news for Gerry and Alan!

If Antoine Fuqua was with Gerry in Turkey, Gerry may be looking at him to direct this film as well.

:erik: Erik's Ebony Eyes :phantom:

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ah! that could be one of the reasons Gerry toured 'locations' in Turkey after Cannes -

he was supposedly with Antoine Fuqua...but since the translation was 'rough' perhaps it was for this project

:hmm:

Whatever! Terrific news for Gerry and Alan!

If Antoine Fuqua was with Gerry in Turkey, Gerry may be looking at him to direct this film as well.

:erik: Erik's Ebony Eyes :phantom:

According to the article a Brazilian director has already been signed.

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ah! that could be one of the reasons Gerry toured 'locations' in Turkey after Cannes -

he was supposedly with Antoine Fuqua...but since the translation was 'rough' perhaps it was for this project

:hmm:

Whatever! Terrific news for Gerry and Alan!

If Antoine Fuqua was with Gerry in Turkey, Gerry may be looking at him to direct this film as well.

:erik: Erik's Ebony Eyes :phantom:

According to the article a Brazilian director has already been signed.

Well... darn! :fook::wall:

Thanks for the info. :)

:erik: Erik's Ebony Eyes :phantom:

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I haven't heard anything about "The Bricklayer" in quite a while. Does this mean he is still going

to do the movie?

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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Happy for Gerry and company. We his fans, just want to see him in movies. I already have Machine Gun Preacher and Corilanus and have enjoyed them and sent them as gifts, but miss seeing him. Just anything that he is in would be great to see. How about something about him in the Entertainment Magazine or People, so we know where to look to find out when his movies will be coming out. Gerry make some appearances and let us All know where you will be....We your fAns miss you. maybe even a late night show so we could get a glimpse of you for a change. he he he...Well, anyway, good luck with whatEVER....

Donna Jean and George and clan...patiently waiting for something

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