“The Prophet”

Yesterday, Deadline Hollywood posted about Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions signing animation director Roger Allers (Lion King) to supervise an ambitious independent feature based on Khalil Gibran’s 1923 classic The Prophet. Allers will oversee the entire film – and will direct the opening, closing and bridging sequences – which will combine the work of a who’s-who of renown international animators.

The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays on life and the human condition. It’s divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

Already signed on (or in discussions) to participate: Tomm Moore (The Secret Of Kells), Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist), 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 Kunio Kato (Oscar-winning short Tsumiki No Ie). This “Super Bowl of animation” begins pre-production later this month – and is certainly one we will keep tabs on.


  • Bob Harper

    I know you don’t like one word comments but WOW!!!!
    As if I didn’t need another reason to be smitten by Salma Hayek, now she’s producing animation, again WOW!!!! When can I by tickets?

    • http://jeanmorel.blogspot.com jean morel

      Tickets will be sold in the theater lobby when the film is released.the usual drill.

  • KS

    Something tells this plans to contain various styles of animation, 2D, FLASH and possibly CGI.

    Good Luck Roger Allers and let’s hope the Lion King/Illusionist and Secret of Kells styles of 2D Animation pop up in the film,
    This could contribute to a return for the said styles.

  • Tedzey

    As a cartoon-nerd, I am excited.

    But being partially of Lebanese decent.. I am beyond ecstatic!

  • eeteed

    will one feature length film be long enough to do justice to 26 poetic essays?

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    A Squeal!

  • Hannah

    I didn’t know Marjane animated!

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    Great news. Enough with the sequels, prequels and feature length toy commercials.

  • hubertcumberdale

    In an industry of conventional cgi animations overtaking everything its projects like this that remind us all that anything is possible in animation

    • KS

      I Agree, Some CGI Films are great, but i’m sick of seeing just CGI Animated films.

      I Hope this film gets released to cinemas in the United Kingdom.

  • http://grade-a-fun.blogspot.com Grady

    This is a must see… I assume this will be a art house type of film that you won’t be able to catch at the average theatre… I’m hoping it makes it rounds to my part of the country, and I know about it when it’s here…

  • John

    Oh my god, an American Robot Carnival!

  • http://oyetoons.deviantart.com Seni

    All they need now is to reach Hayao Miyazaki and their little Animated Atom Bomb of Awesomeness will be complete!

  • Murphy

    It goes without saying that there need to be more such omnibus animated features, to keep the creators’ skills sharp and give them needed creative outlets (and work) between any bigger and more commercial projects.

  • Toonio

    The story its pretty deep and rich. Guess they are going all out to make it an instant classic. Good luck!

    However:

    “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth

  • cbat628

    This isn’t a dream, right? A high profile actor is actually interested in helping produce an animated film based around atypical subject matter with great talent, correct?

    Because if this is true, that could mean that there’s such a thing as dinosaur rides! What a great day!

  • Kate

    o.o YES. YES TO ALL OF THIS! :D

  • http://www.animationisart.com Philip Wesley

    This may be the greatest animated endeavour I have seen so far in my lifetime. I love the original book and make it a habit to read it at least once each year. This and “The Madman” are brilliant. I hope one of the artists tries to match Gibran’s artistic style.

  • http://saturnome.blogspot.com Saturnome

    Very exciting! I hope everybody mentioned will work on this and more will join in.
    It reminds me of a more mainstream “Winter Days” which had Yuri Norstein, Kōji Yamamura, Raoul Servais, Bretislav Pojar, Isao Takahata… all based on a collection of poems by japanese poet Basho.

    I say more mainstream because it features better known animators (at least, these days, in North America), no doubt a film of this kind won’t get a wide release.

    • http://www.ghiblicon.blogspot.com Daniel Thomas MacInnes

      Friend, you just beat me to the punch. I was immediately reminded of Winter Days, which is a terrific movie. Yuri Norstein, Isao Takahata, Yoichi Kotabe and Reiko Okuyama (her final work in film), animators from around the world. It’s one of those movies that should be seen by everyone, and yet remains virtually unknown.

      Here’s hoping the best for this project.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    If this bears a resemblance to any previous animated film, I’d have to pick the Hubley’s “Everybody Rides the Carousel,” which was a series of vignettes illustrating the developmental theories of Erik Erikson.

  • http://blog.mrcreativeshop.com Mike Rosado

    The only thing that would make this better is if Richard Williams was involved. So friggin cool. Please keep us posted!

  • http://vimeo.com/34748711 Larry Ruppel

    Dear Salma– Call me!

  • http://www.kustomonsters.com Craig Clark

    This is wonderful! Thank you Ms. Hayek!

  • CWyatt

    YAY!!!
    I want in!