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Egyptian Director Making Film to Counter 'American Sniper'

Egyptian Director Making Film to Counter 'American Sniper'
Marine Maj. Ramon Armendariz, center, places his hand on the plaque at the bottom of the Chris Kyle statue Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:51 AM

Award-winning Egyptian director Amr Salama has decided to make a film that will tell the "other side of the story of 'American Sniper,' the story about the villain," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Salama said he was incensed into making the film after seeing Clint Eastwood's 2014 box-office smash "American Sniper," one of the biggest war movies of all time. He said that he hated "American Sniper" so much "that I wanted to work on a different version of that story," whose working title is "Iraqi Sniper."

The project is currently in the script stage. Salama is working together on the film with two of region's biggest names — Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy and Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad.

In "American Sniper," top U.S. marksman Chris Kyle is the hero, and his chief antagonist was a mysterious sniper fighting for the Iraqi insurgents who went by the name of Mustafa.

That character was based on a real-life figure nicknamed Jaba, who reportedly had hundreds of kills.

"This story merits to be told even if "American Sniper," hadn't come out," Hefzy told The Hollywood Reporter. "He's a very interesting character, a complex character. Amr did a lot of research and we're trying to get his evolution right."

Salama stressed that "Whereas "American Sniper," was pro-war, I'm trying to make an anti-war film."

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Award-winning Egyptian director Amr Salama has decided to make a film that will tell the "other side of the story of 'American Sniper,' the story about the villain," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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