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Iranian government funding Argo remake


Story by Jack Foley

THE Iranian government is to ‘remake’ Ben Affleck’s Argo and tell the hostage drama from its own point of view.

The film, tentatively called The General Staff, will ‘redress’ the version of history put forward by Hollywood and will tell the story of the 1979 hostage crisis from Iran’s point of view.

The New York Times quotes the film’s director, Ataollah Salmanian, as saying: “This film, which will be a huge production, should be an appropriate answer to the film Argo, which lacks a proper view of historical events.”

Affleck’s movie was largely condemned by Iran upon its release last year as being anti-Iranian, with some accusing the actor-director of “promoting ‘Islamophobia.’”

The anti-Argo will receive funding from the Art Bureau of the Iranian government.

Argo was this week nominated for seven Academy Awards, including one for best picture – although Affleck himself was snubbed for best director.

He did, however, triumph in the same category at the Critics Choice Awards, which also named Argo best film.

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