The film, which will be divided by chapters and comprise of shorts directed by different award-winning filmmakers, begins pre-production this month.
Actress Salma Hayek, who hails from Mexico but has Arab roots, along with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski, will produce the project. In a DFI press release, she says:
“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.”
DFI is one in a group of co-financers, including Participant Media, MyGroup Lebanon, FFA Private Bank, JRW Entertainment and Code Red Productions.
The Prophet has sold over 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923. The Lebanese-born Gibran is the third most-read poet in history, after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, and has been translated in to more than 40 languages.
More information on the project is available here.