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Friday, May 26, 2006

Epic Feature on the Life of the Buddha Coming

Indian telecommunications mogul Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi will finance an epic feature on the life of Buddha, based on the best-selling book "Old Path White Clouds" by renowned Buddhist Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh says The Hollywood Reporter.

"I, Robot" executive producers Michel Shane and Anthony Romano have signed on to produced the film which is expected to start shooting in November in the U.S., Japan, China and India.

The $120 million English-language film will be one of the most expensive films shot in India. It is Modi's first foray into film-making.

James: This from IndieWIRE:

Not only are A-list stars being courted for the lead roles, but the Dalai Lama has given his blessing and will consult on the film. Hanh and Dr. Modi are both in Cannes to finalize their deal. [Kristina Woo/indieWIRE]

James: Also this from NewKerala:

Says Thich Nhat Hanh: "The Buddha has suffered far too much deification over the centuries. This film might help in making him human again. The idea is to make the Buddha relevant to everybody so that the world can become a better place."

James: And this from Rediff India Abroad:

'I've wanted to do this film for several years now,' Modi told Hollywood Reporter. 'I discovered the book two years ago and it changed my life, and I felt it was up to me to share my happiness with the world.'

The film is going to be a spiritual adventure, said Shane. 'We are looking at this as an epic film for the ages -- a Lawrence of Arabia meets Gladiator,' he declared.

James's comment: I'm currently reading, Old Path, White Clouds and am very excited that a film based on this wonderful book is in the works!! Not sure though how a film about the life of the Buddha could be a Lawrence of Abrabia meets Gladiator as they both are quite violent but I'm still looking forward to this epic film.

Anyway, let's spread the news about this film and create a buzz.

-Peace to all beings-

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Seamus "Moose" Anthony said...

This sounds great - look forward to the film :)

I just added you to my links finally, hope you are well.

BTW - I like to tell people the word verification that I will have to punch in to add this comment - it is:


Not bad - just think - you never would have known that.

Word verification .. the very face of impermanence :)

laura said...

thanks for the heads up. i've forwarded it on.

Amadeus said...

Cool! I can't wait to see it. I am sure there will be alot of interest here in the Portland Area to see it. Thanks for the info!


"James" said...


Word verification being the very face of impermanence is beautiful!! I love it!!! :)

Thanks for the link by the way.

I bow to the Buddha within you. :)


Yw. Thanks for spreading the news.


Yw, pass it on to whom ever you think might be interested in this film.

No Blood for Hubris said...

"Little Buddha" was pretty good.

"James" said...


Never seen, "Little Buddha."

alison koh said...

wow! this is wonderful, i've read that book 10 years ago. realy looking forward the movie version.

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