Robert Simonds’ STXfilms Developing Biopic Based on Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed
BURBANK, California, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — STXfilms, a division of Robert Simonds’ global, next-generation media company STX Entertainment, today announced the studio is developing a biopic based on the life of former President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed. Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) has signed on to direct the film, and Cliff Dorfman (Warrior, Entourage) will pen the screenplay.
Sheikh Zayed was instrumental in the formation of the UAE in 1971 and is credited with transforming the emirates into a modern progressive state. During his reign as the nation’s first President, the Sheik strived to create a world of coexistence and peace. Considered a liberal ruler for the time period, Zayed became known for promoting tolerance, universal human values, women’s rights and environmental protection, and carried out major reforms to the UAE’s education, healthcare, public housing, and urban development.
“Patterned after great movies like Gandhi, Selma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms.
STXfilms’ recent releases include global box office hits THE FOREIGNER with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, the Academy Award® nominated MOLLY’S GAME starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, DEN OF THIEVES with Gerard Butler and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, I FEEL PRETTY starring Amy Schumer, and the upcoming romantic drama ADRIFT with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.
STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.
The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG. Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings,
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