Director complains about disruption to his plan for Flight 655 film

TEHRAN, July 5 (MNA) -- Iranian director Saeid Asadi said that his plans for making a film on the USS Vincennes attack on an Iranian airliner in 1988 have been sidetracked for 14 years.

However, he refused to refer to a specific person or organization.


“I have been kept in suspense for 14 years over making a film about the USS Vincennes attack on the Iranian airbus and now I see everyone has become an expert on the issue!,” Asadi told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday.


“I left the United States to come to Iran in 1994 with a strong desire to make the film,” he added.


The project was entitled “A Requiem for a Friend”.


“I wrote a world-class screenplay for the film and even cast Oscar winning actor George C. Scott to play the role of Vincennes’ Captain Will Rogers in the film, but the project is still on hold after 14 years of delays,” Asadi explained.


“Even Mr. Rafsanjani -- when he was president -- had provided the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) with a budget to produce the film, but no one informed me about the availability funds,” he said.


“I wanted to make the film with Hollywood stars in order to honor my country. I have completed all post production tasks, but no one will back me and now I don’t know why this issue has suddenly become so important to everyone after 20 years,” he lamented.


A number of Iranian film personalities gathered in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran on July 2 to commemorate all 290 passengers killed in the Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down by Vincennes.


Asadi’s credits include “The Mirage”, “The Lost Love”, “The Red Apple of Eve”, “The Swan Song”, and “The Guest”.





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