TEHRAN – Iranian director Ali Atshani plans to make a comedy project titled “1st Born”, which will be the first co-production between Iran and America, the Hollywood Reporter announced on Tuesday.
Atshani, renowned for movies such as “The President’s Cellphone”, “Wish Bone”, “Banana Peel”, and “Negar’s Role” will use a cast and crew from both the U.S. and the Middle East.
Val Kilmer, the star of movies “Top Gun” and “Batman Forever”, has signed on to act in “1st Born”.
The film is about a newlywed couple, Iranian-born Ben and his American Kate, who are living in California. When the couple’s first pregnancy faces complications, both sides of their family must come together — a rather complicated notion as Ben’s father Hamid is anti-American Iranian politician, while Kate’s father Biden (Kilmer) is an American politician who takes a hardline stance against Iran.
The film will be produced at Hollywood’s LA Independent Film and Entertainment. Sam Khoze is producing with a team including producer Edwin Avaness and associate producer in Iran Puria Naserbakht.
Khoze, Tarek Zohdi and Medhi Alimirzai wrote the script for the project, which its shooting is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in August.
Among Atshani’s credits is also “Paradise”, a co-production between Iran and Germany.
Photo: Filmmaker Ali Atshani (R) directs Mehran Rajabi in a scene from “Paradise”.