Egyptian literature is rich with a huge number of iconic novels and short stories, written by authors heaped with international praise. But aside from those masterpieces, there are some similarly iconic book series that are completely different in style. Perhaps one of the most famous ones that youngsters in the 80s grew up on was Ragol Al Mostaheel (The Man of the Impossible).
The hugely popular spy series was first published in 1984 and was created and written by Nabil Farouk. It has 160 titles published, until it finally stopped in 2008. News about a movie rendition has been circulating for a long time, and whether they were endeavours that ultimately failed to be realised, or simply hopes of the fans, we now know for sure that the movie is indeed coming.
Marwan Hamed has been selected as the director of the movie, while El Feel El Azraq (The Blue Elephant) author, Ahmed Mourad, has penned the script. Ragol Al Mostaheel is on its way to the big screen, and filmmakers are ready to take it all the way.
Hany Osama, the producer, has pointed out that they are in the final casting process, and are expected to start filming right after Eid Al Adha. This is when Marwan Hamed’s movie, Torab El-Mas, is set to be screened. This film is based on Ahmed Mourad’s novel, and he has also penned the script. Torab El-Mas stars Asser Yassin among a host of other mega stars, which is perhaps why his name has been linked to starring in Ragol Al Mostaheel, though there has been no official announcement yet. However, if we go back in time, we’ll see that Ahmed Ezz’s first big cinema role was supposed to be an early rendition of the novel. He was cast by Nabil Farouk himself, but the movie never saw the light. It remains to be seen who will take the leading role in this blockbuster.
We can’t wait to see how this movie pans out, and among other new Egyptian film productions, we’re hopeful of seeing a new rise in Egyptian cinema.