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Image Nation Abu Dhabi teams with Emirati Filmmaker, Ali Mostafa


Image Nation Abu Dhabi teams with Emirati Filmmaker, Ali Mostafa

Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa (From A To B) is re-teaming 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 (Sea Shadow, From A to B).

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.

Ali Mostafa was joined by producer Rami Yasin and Image Nation’s head of narrative, Ben Ross in Cannes to make the announcement.

Mostafa says, “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.”

Producer Peter Safan says, “The film industry in Abu Dhabi is at an extremely exciting time in its development, I am looking forward to playing a small part in its growth by working on this fantastic film.”

“Image Nation is a pioneering force in the UAE community and Ali Mostafa is such a unique talent. I think we have an amazing team working on this project and I’m grateful to be a part of it,” says Steven Schneider.

The announcement comes on the heels of Mostafa’s last film From A to B, co-produced by twofour54 and Image Nationtopping iTunes charts across the Middle East. The comedy drama is set to be released theatrically in the UK and Italy this year.

Mohamed Al Mubarak, chairman of Image Nation, says, “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 says, “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. The news follows last week’s announcement that The Media Zone Authority is set to focus on new initiatives to further support local and Arab films and filmmakers.

Garin adds, “This announcement comes at an exciting time as we prepare to enter a new era of filmmaking in the UAE and the region. To be announcing two huge productions with Emirati directors in such a short period of time is an incredible step and is reflective of how we are continuing to grow rapidly as a local industry.”

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