‘Valley of the Wolves’ sets Nov. 5 release date

July 28, 2010, Wednesday/ 16:25:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
“Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin” (Valley of the Wolves: Palestine), a new big screen take on the popular Turkish crime series “Kurtlar Vadisi,” will hit theaters in Turkey and abroad on Nov. 5, news agencies reported yesterday.The film, which will center on the humanitarian tragedy in the region, will be produced by Pana Film. The screenplay, co-written by Raci Şaşmaz, Bahadır Özdener and Cüneyt Aysan, will be directed by Zübeyr Şaşmaz, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Starring Necati Şaşmaz, Gürkan Uygun and Kenan Çoban in the leading roles, the film is expected to begin shooting this week, Anatolia said.

The film’s special effects coordinator will be Mark Meddings, known for his work on such films as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” Meddings also worked on the first feature film in the series, 2006’s “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq.”

The new film is inspired by the May 31 Israeli attack on a Turkish-led humanitarian aid convoy heading to Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of eight Turks. It follows Polat Alemdar (Necati Şaşmaz) and his team as they go to Palestine to track and bring down the Israeli military commander who planned and put into force the deadly operation on the aid convoy.

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