In an international work of collaboration, producers Salma Hayek, Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski are being pre-production on an animated screen adaption of Khalil (Kahlil) Gibran’s “The Prophet.” Easily the poet’s most famous work, each of the chapters in the work will be directed by a different, respected animation director from around the world.
Among the distinguished directors committed to the project are Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (“Ryan”), Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Mohammed Saeed Harib (“Freej”), Joan Gratz (Oscar winner for Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Michal Socha, Francesco Testa and Bill Plympton (How To Kiss and The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger). The animated chapters will be joined by The Lion King director Roger Allers, who is responsible for the overall narrative flow. Doha Film Insititute (DFI) is co-financing along with Participant Media, MyGroup Lebanon, FFA Private Bank, JRW Entertainment and Code Red Productions.
“‘The Prophet’ has been an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for millions of people all over the world. Being of Lebanese descent, I’m particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before,” said Hayek.
Selling over 100 million copies in many languages across the world since its original publication in 1923, Gibran’s book is among the top selling books in history. The Prophet is in its 163rd printing and has sold over 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923, making him the third highest selling poet, just behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.