We sat down with Ahmed Mourad to pick his brains about the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit novel starring Ahmed Ezz and Karim Abdelaziz and the complex levels of the writing journey. Why did you choose the setting for your book? Traveling to a different time has its unique luster. The resistance happened from the Egyptian people towards this great army.
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We sat down with Ahmed Mourad to pick his brains about the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit novel starring Ahmed Ezz and Karim Abdelaziz and the complex levels of the writing journey. Why did you choose the setting for your book? Traveling to a different time has its unique luster.
The resistance happened from the Egyptian people towards this great army. Why realize this late when we can realize it early and gain all this fortune? Energy and time can move mountains. How much time do you spend on research when writing your books? The process takes from 2 to 6 months, but I never wait to finalize the research before writing. If I waited for this moment I would never start!
The research continues throughout the entire process until I submit the manuscript to the print house, or the script to the producers. Do you find it difficult writing about the opposite sex? Not at all! You have successfully adapted your novels to scripts before, what is the process like taking your stories from the page to the screen? The process begins by me reading the novel excessively. Maybe twice. I insert the most important events and then develop cinematic aspects which build the scenes.
The most important step completely disregarding the fact that I am the author of the novel. I have to become more biased towards cinematography standards. I dissect the novel and reassemble it according to a new vision for the screen. How hands-on are you with helping actors and actresses play the characters from your books? Any stories to share from the set of Torab el Mass or Blue Elephant? Then we start addressing their questions, fears, and concerns. This gives everyone an idea about all the characters in the movie.
This is one of the most amusing stages in the process. Hend Sabri was having doubts about her character and how she was going to approach such a complex character. What is it like watching your stories come to life on the big screen for the first time and hearing the response from the audience?
I get first row tickets to the movie and halfway through, I like to watch the audience reactions. People laughed when they saw the black dog during Blue Elephant, and that worried me.
Turns out, it was nervous laughter and they were calming their fears, because the horror factor took over like expected. The experience is helpful to a great extent. I never had to go in another direction because the movie is well-researched and planned before we even begin shooting. What can devoted fans of your books expect from this movie? There are great innovations to the script, a lot of changes and surprises. I hope the readers of the novel really enjoy these additions. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell Something that moved you recently?
History I travel. Last country you visited? Super power you wish you had? Stopping time What bizarre talent you have? Psychologically analyzing others Must-have item in your fridge?
I am a vegetarian, so I always have fruits. Smoke Send a message to year-old you Focus, focus, focus Being on stage with a happy audience One actor you wish to work with? Anthony Hopkins Movie you wish you wrote? Fight Club Palm reading. I actually learned the process for 2 years! What do we not know about you?
Maybe the fact that I enjoy spending time alone watching movies. I really am a movie addict. I also sing in the shower, I have a nice voice! Childhood addiction? I thought I just enjoyed it as a child, but I really was addicted. Who did you text last? My daughter One thing missing in your life now? Ahmed Khaled Tawfik Name one thing you had to give up to become where you are today Anything that wastes my time.
When people were going out and taking selfies, I gave that up to read and write. Related Articles:.
The novel was translated into 3 languages by different publishing houses, in The novel won the Mediterranean award in from Italy. The story begins with the protagonist Taha who is living a normal boring life, and works as a medical representative at a pharmaceuticals company. Until a mysterious murder occurs that changed his entire life. A year later, it was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker award in