Iran mounts remake of Argo

Argo has been one of the biggest success stories of the past 12 months; an intelligent, crowd-pleasing movie about a stranger-than-fiction tale which completed its victory lap with Best Picture and Director honours at the Golden Globes and a slew of Oscar nominations.


Not everyone is happy with Ben Affleck’s CIA flick, however; specifically, Iran.

As a rebuttal, the Islamic Republic of Iran is set to produce their own take on the events depicted in Argo, where the American and Canadian Clandestine Services collaborated on a rescue mission during the Iranian hostage crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

According to the New York Times, their movie is titled The General Staff, and will be directed by Ataollah Salmanian.

Salmanian told a local news agency, “This film, which will be a huge production, should be an appropriate answer to the film ‘Argo,’ which lacks a proper view of historical events.”

Considering Iran’s curious relationship with its filmmakers – ask Jafar Panahi – we’re going to assume this one is being produced under the watchful eye of the government.

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