Controversial Prophet Muhammed Film to Get Re-Release Across Arab World in Restored Version

The 4K restoration of the Anthony Quinn-starring 'The Message' is having its world premiere at the Dubai film festival before being released in June.

A 4K restored edition of The Message, Moustapha Akkad's controversial 1975 film chronicling the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad, is set to be released across the Middle East next year.

The historical epic was initially banned in Arab territories, encountering opposition from authorities and forcing the crew to move to Morocco and re-create model cities of Mecca and Medina for the shoot. During its release it also faced heavy backlash and theatrical banning in most Middle Eastern territories. In the U.S., the film’s theatrical release was suspended after an extremist group staged a siege in Washington, D.C., after it was mistakenly believed that Anthony Quinn played the role of Prophet Muhammad on film.

But the newly restored version of the film, as well as receiving its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival of Dec. 13, is now due to travel across the region in June 2018, in time for Eid, with Trancas International and local distributors Front Row Filmed Entertainment having signed a deal.