By Staff writer
Mostafa will team up again with Image Nation Abu Dhabi for The Worthy which goes into production later this year
Pioneering Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa is reteaming with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on his next feature, The Worthy, which will go into production later this year.
The From A to B director will be joined by Hollywood veterans Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who have come onboard to produce the project with Mostafa’s regional producer Rami Yasin.
The Worthy is set in a dystopian future which has been plunged into chaos due to a chronic water shortage. The story follows a small group of survivors seeking refuge with the only clean remaining water source in the area. When two visitors infiltrate their compound, they soon become pawns in a test for survival, where only one of them shall be chosen worthy.
Mostafa said: “As the first action/thriller I’m directing, The Worthy is a new adventure for me. My producers, Peter and Steven, have produced some of the best genre movies ever made with critical and commercial hits such as The Conjuring and Paranormal Activity.
"They are really at the top of their game right now and their expertise will be invaluable on The Worthy so I’m excited to be working with them and with Image Nation again on The Worthy.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Mostafa’s last film From A to B, co-produced by twofour54 and Image Nation, topping iTunes charts across the Middle East. The hit comedy drama is set to be released theatrically in the UK and Italy this year.
Mohamed Al Mubarak, chairman of Image Nation, said: “We’re so happy to be working with Ali Mostafa again on this exciting new genre film. He is a true talent and shares our vision for growing the local and regional film industry.”
Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation added: “Image Nation Abu Dhabi is able to create projects like this due to our unique ability to team Hollywood expertise with local talent.”
Image Nation has been ramping up its film and TV production output over the last year and recently wrapped its next feature film from first time feature Emirati director, Majid Al Ansari. Zinzana is set to release in the UAE this fall.
Earlier this week, Image Nation announced they will be fully financing James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ contemporary thriller The Circle starring Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander.
Dear ALI MOSTAFA,
I congratulate you for the new movie plan and pray for your success. I do hope the best result outcome at the end of this year.
Thanks & Rgards,
Zafar Choudri & the family
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