Yes, we know Salma Hayek as a Mexican role model, but did you also know that her father is of Lebanese origin? And that is something that she’s quite proud of, especially when you consider her latest project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hayek will be producing a new animated film based on the works of Lebanese author Khalil Gibran.
Gibran’s The Prophet was first published in 1923 and has gone on to sell over 100 million copies. Its enormous popularity stems from its poetic essays, which touch on topics like love, sorrow, religion, and family.
Salma’s version of The Prophet would use different directors to tackle each theme. Animation vets like Roger Allers, Bill Plympton, Joan Gratz, and Tomm Moore have already signed on and are eager to participate.
And what would Hayek’s role be? Most definitely a hands-on producer and perhaps a voice actor in cast (we all remember how well she did as Kitty Softpaws in Puss In Boots).
Speaking about the project, Salma went on to say,
“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.”
Let’s hope it gets to theaters in the very near future.
By Michael Lopez