Directors onboard the portmanteau animated feature version of Khahil Gibran’s novel include Marjane Satrapi, Tomm Moore and Roger Allers, who will oversee the project’s narrative thread.

The Doha Film Institute is backing the animated feature version of Lebanese writer and phliospher Khalil Gibran’s novel The Prophet, which is being produced by Salma Hayek and co-financed by Participant Media.

Each of the chapters will be directed by a different filmmaker, with The Lion King director Roger Allers overseeing the connective through-line narrative. 

Directors committed to the project include Marjane Satrapi (Oscar nominated for Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winner for short Ryan), Tomm Moore (Oscar nominated for The Secret of Kells),  Nina Paley (Berlin Film Festival winner for Sita Sings the Blues), Mohammed Saeed Harib (creator of hit series Freej),  Michal Socha, Francesco Testa, Joan Gratz (Oscar winner for Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase) and Bill Plympton (Oscar-nominated for Guard Dog and Your Face).

Pre-production is scheduled to begin this month, with Salma Hayek producing along with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski.  

The project is being co-financed by the Doha Film Institute along with Participant Media, MyGroup Lebanon, FFA Private Bank, JRW Entertainment and Code Red Productions.

The Prophet has been an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for millions of people all over the world. Being of Lebanese descent, I’m particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before,” said Hayek.

The Prophet sold over a 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923.