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'Gilgamesh' Rides Again in Epic

by Cathy Dunkley, May 17, 2003.

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 06:51 AM UT

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Michael Madsen, Omar Sharif, Billy Zane and Robert Davi have inked to star in a production of the classic tale "Gilgamesh" for Stonelock Pictures. Pic, budgeted at $12.5 million and financed through Ben Atoori's Dutch bank Abn Amro, is skedded to start shooting Sept. 20 in Morocco.

Roger Christian ("Battlefield Earth") is directing from Mitchell Cohen's screenplay. Atoori will produce with Sabrina Atoori co-producing.

Epic action-adventure follows the story of the warrior king (Madsen) on his quest to find the answers to happiness and immortality. Other cast members approached for roles include Dennis Hopper and Peter O'Toole.

GilgameshMadsen stars in "Blueberry" and Miramax Films' "Kill Bill." Sharif completed his role in "Return of the Thief of Baghdad." Zane was recently in "Sea Devils" and "The Kiss." Davi most recently starred in Disney's "Hot Chick."

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