‘The Lion King’s Roger Allers Signs On For Salma Hayek’s ‘The Prophet’

The Lion King director Roger Allers has signed on to adapt and direct The Prophet, an animated film Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions will produce with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski. Pepe Tamez and Steve Hanson are executive producing. The feature is based on the classic book by Khalil Gibran, which has sold over 100 million copies. In addition to overseeing the the film creatively with other filmmakers who will direct individual chapters of the film, Allers will direct the opening, closing and framing story parts of the omnibus feature. Other filmmakers who are signed or in discussions on the project include Tomm Moore (The¬†Secret Of Kells ),¬†Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets Of Belleville), John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winning short Ryan), Nina Paley (Sita Sings The Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog And Your Face) and Kunio Kato (Oscar-winning short Tsumiki No Ie). The Prophet will begin pre-production later this month. Hayek was recently nominated for a Spanish Goya for La Chispa De La Vida.

Comments (15)

  • Nice to see Ms. Hayek getting in touch with the Lebanese half of her heritage. Not sure how a book of poetry translates to film, though.

    Comment by Hank — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST  
    • Well said. Someone should make a movie about Gebran’s life though :)

      Comment by Mary — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 6:07pm PST  
    • Are you kidding? Have you ever read the prophet? These are a series of scenes that directly fit into the concept of film– The prophet will make a brilliant movie, a beautiful visual that will heal many with its timeless wisdoms–

      Comment by Taj — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 6:56pm PST  
    • It’s not really a book of poetry. It’s more a book of melodious philosophies. I can see that it will translate beautifully to the screen.

      Comment by Lu MacKie — Saturday January 14, 2012 @ 8:10am PST  
    • Khalil Gibran a beautiful soul and one that I’m so happy that people will experience all over the world learning of his compassion for all of us and our human existence and the fact that we ARE ALL ONE! This is a movie in the making that is long overdue. The magic and the words of this man are words to share all over – everyone should read or listen to his messages! Love and Peace!

      Comment by Nanette — Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 5:43pm PDT  
  • Roger Allers is one of the best guys in the business. Incredibly kind and talented. Congrats man!

    Comment by Fan — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 1:25pm PST  
  • I agree that its nice to see her diving into her lebanese side, however, “The Prophet” is not a mere book of poetry, sir. It is an artistic masterpiece and I for one cannot wait to see it translated to film! The work (and spirit) of Gibran Khalil Gibran lives on!

    Comment by Literary Nerd — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 6:16pm PST  
  • A wonderful idea but it certainly won’t beat the pen of the master Khalil Gibran.

    Comment by Muiz Uzair — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 7:14pm PST  
  • Congratulations to Salma Hayek’s company for getting such a beautiful project.
    A big fan of his work,it would be great to see it as a movie, with the story intact…What may be interesting is that it would awaken people to read more even if it is an ebook.

    Comment by Kita — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 9:58pm PST  
  • Salma Hayek is definitely a perfect candidate for a role in a film like this. I am glad that the revival of the prophet of Gibran will evoke wonderful memories of youths who grew reading Gibran and admiring his words back in the 60s and 70s.

    Comment by Guy jones — Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 4:19am PST  
  • This sounds fantastic!

    Comment by J. Stein — Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 9:54am PST  
  • I am so happy for you Roger. Your such a delight to work with,and I am looking forward to seeing another movie that you have directed. The best to you!!

    Comment by Ann — Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 4:48pm PST  
  • Sounds like another lame cartion based on some dippy hippy yammerings that will never happen. And if it should, will never find an audience/

    Comment by Scott — Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 6:32am PST  
  • I think Terence Malick should direct the lot. Treats his subject matter with an ethereal touch, apt for such a project. An artist for our ages. And also of Lebanese heritage, is he not? Would make for nice symmetry.

    Comment by Jim — Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 10:12pm PST  
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