Sunday was a big night for “Argo,” and its director, Ben Affleck. The movie, which tells the story of a mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s, took home the award for Best Picture. The film also won for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Editing.
“Argo” is making no friends in Iran, though. The movie has been viewed, officially, as “anti-Iranian.” In fact, Iranian news agency MNA reports a director is planning a film in response to the Oscar winner. “The General Staff” will be about 20 American hostages that the revolutionaries delivered to U.S. officials.
However, USA Today notes that it’s not clear which hostages the movie will be about. Barbara Slavin, an expert on Iran, recalls 13 African Americans and women being released, with the hostage-takers claiming they had sympathy for oppressed minorities, and one other who was released due to suffering from multiple sclerosis.
The director of “The General Staff,” Ataollah Salmanian, claims his screenplay is based on eyewitness accounts. He hopes to go into production on the film in 2014, should funding come through. “This film, which will be a big production, should be an appropriate response to the ahistoric film ‘Argo,'” he says.