Articles & Notes — July 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

First ever “based on true events” Iranian-US film may start shooting soon

The first ever Iranian-US Hollywood movie can start production soon, ISNA reported.

The New Jersey born U.S. documentary filmmaker Scott J.T. Frank plans to make a film based on real-life events about the downing of an Iranian airliner by a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf in 1988.

Frank announced his plan on the sidelines of an international conference on art, language and technology in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad several days ago.

The history has it that Iran Air Flight 655 was destroyed by the U.S. Navy’s guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes between Bandar Abbas and Dubai on Sunday July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers and crew members, including 66 children.

The U.S. government has refused to apologize for the incident, claiming that the crew had mistaken the Iranian Airbus A300 for an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter.

Scott Frank said his film would reflect the true events that happened in 1988. Frank said that the screenplay for the film is being written and shooting will begin in four or five months, adding that the documentary will be ready to screen in a year.

He also noted that the filming locations for the picture would be both in Iran and the United States.

According to the film’s original script, the story centers around an American, a veteran of the US-Iraqi war. After the war, the hero ends up in Iran, and becomes a quest in Iranian family. As it is revealed later the father of the family was on that Iranian Airbus A300 that got destroyed by the American forces. The story develops further as the hero’s father, an american, has witnessed how the incident took place.

Head of Iran’s Cinema Organization and Deputy Minister of Culture of Iran , Javad Shamaqdari said Scott Frank proposed Iranian officials to make such a film about a year ago.

“He proposed us to shoot this film,” Shamaqdari said. “He provided us with the script that needed some polishing, and we made a few changes there”.

Shamaqdari noted, that the script has been already completed, and it will be shot on funding provided by investors from both Iran and the United States.

“Once the film is ready, we will pre-sell it for distribution to North American company,” Shamaqdari said. “This would help to spread the film, and reach the audiences in different countries”.

The film’s title and potential budget have not been revealed.

Produced by the Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh, the project is to be supported by General Director of Iran’s Visual Media Institute Mohammad-Reza Abbasian and head of Iran’s Cinematic Agency Javad Shamaqdari.

Director Scott J.T. Frank had accompanied Sean Stone, the son of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, in a visit to Iran in February 2011, during which he converted to Islam. He was also on the panel of the 1st Tehran International Video Film Festival, which was held in June 2012.

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