Iran: US embassy siege 'to be retold'

Ben Affleck with Argo's Best Film Oscar

A producer in Iran - where the film Argo's depiction of the 1979 US embassy siege sparked anger - is to retell the story from the hostage-takers' point of view, it's reported.

Jamal Sadatian apparently denies that his as-yet-unnamed film is a response to Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning drama, which Tehran considered so anti-Iranian that it announced it would take legal action over the "unrealistic portrayal" of events. "It's completely independent" and based on "people still around who can recall the event. We may lose these sources if we delay," he told Mehr news agency. The screenplay should be ready in a year's time.

Sadatian apparently hopes to find private backers but admits he may need help from the Iranian government. This could please officials, who have been calling for a film to "set the record straight" since Argo came out last year. One director says he's making a TV series, and another is looking at a single incident, but it seems Mr Sadatian's film will be the first to bring Iran's account of the siege to the silver screen.

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