Poster of Moammar Gadhafi, torched by Libyan rebelsJust a few months ago, Libyan soccer player-turned-movie mogul Saadi Gadhafi was touting his new $100 million Hollywood production fund, with plans to make inexpensive thrillers and other mid-priced movies that would appeal to audiences across the globe. Today, he's under arrest, along with two of his brothers, in the midst of the rebel coup in Tripoli that has all but ended the 42-year reign of Saadi's father, Moammar Gadhafi.

Not long ago, the younger Gadhafi was financing movies through his company Natural Selection, basking in the prestige of such actors as Mickey Rourke and Eva Amurri, as well as Oscar-winners Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody. His family had hired music stars as big as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Usher to perform at private concerts. But since the bloody Gadhafi crackdown on the Libyan insurgency began earlier this year, Natural Selection's production slate is in limbo, as power players have distanced themselves from the firm, and as Saadi Gadhafi's own future remains in doubt. Having returned to Libya earlier this year to oversee his father's special forces, he's accused of ordering the shooting of unarmed demonstrators and is wanted by Interpol. (He has denied ordering the shootings.)
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