Anthony Quinn as Muhammad in The MessageAs a producer of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Barrie Osbourne helped oversee a saga with a nine-figure budget and a nine-hours-plus running time, during which moviegoers never saw more of the title character than his eye. So perhaps Osbourne is the right man to produce a nine-figure epic about the Prophet Muhammad, during which viewers won't see the title character at all.

According to trade reports, Osbourne is attached to produce a $150 million English-language movie about the founder of Islam, funded by Al Noor, an entertainment company in Qatar. No word yet on who might direct or star in the film, and no word on how the filmmakers plan to get around its biggest logistical hurdle: Islam's stricture against figurative depictions of Muhammad and members of his immediate family.
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