Oliver Stone Puts Iran Film on Hold, Focusing on Vietnam

A001509412.jpgUS director Oliver Stone has postponed plans for a film about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and is instead focusing his energies on a film about Vietnam, Pinkville, his spokesman said Friday. The Iran project might be taken up again in future, spokesman Steven Rubenstein told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), without elaborating.

Ahmadinejad’s art adviser Javad Shamaqdari said last Sunday that the president would consider allowing a film about himself – under certain conditions. The director would first have to show him the screenplay and explain the real aims of the film, which should be a documentary without any fictional scenes.

Stone arrived in Vietnam earlier this week to research his new film, visiting a museum commemorating the massacres at My Lai, which US soldiers razed in March, 1968, killing between 300 and 500 civilians.

The massacres, which led to a military investigation and trial and helped break the American public’s support for the war, will be the subject of the movie.

Stone has previously done documentaries on Cuban leader Fidel Castro and former Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat.

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