Gerard’s production company has acquired the rights to The Septembers of Shiraz. Gerard and Alan Siegel will be producing the film for G-Base. Gerard will NOT star in the film.
Millennium Films’ is adapting the novel.
The thriller is based on actual events (Dalia Sofer was 10 years old when her own family escaped Iran) and tells the story of a Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in 1981 Iran. The story centers on an imprisoned gem dealer, his despairing wife, their daughter — whose playmate’s father is in the charge of the prison — and their New York-based son as they try to come together and escape the deadly tyranny.
In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known.
As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, forging tenuous trusts, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting, all the while, that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. And as his daughter, in a childlike attempt to stop the wave of baseless arrests, engages in illicit activities, his son, sent to New York before the rise of the Ayatollahs, struggles to find happiness even as he realizes that his family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
A page-turning literary debut, The Septembers of Shiraz simmers with questions of identity, alienation, and love, not simply for a spouse or a child, but for all the intangible sights and smells of the place we call home.
Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Studio: Nu Image/Millennium Films
Production Companies: G-Base, Eclectic Pictures
Director: Wayne Blair
Executive Producers: Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill
Producers: Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Danielle Robinson, Heidi Jo Markel
Screenwriter: Hanna Weg
This project is in production by Gerard’s production company.