Sacha Baron Cohen is looking to turn his crude films into a trilogy with The Dictator which has been green-lit and announced for a May 22, 2012 release by Paramount Pictures.
The Dictator, to be directed by Larry Charles who also helmed Borat and Bruno, will be based on Saddam Hussein’s best-selling novel “Zabibah and The King.” The tagline for the film is fittingly “The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.”
Oddly enough, Scott Rudin of The Social Network and True Grit fame is on board as one of five producers alongside Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. The latter three are collaborating with Cohen on the script.
It’s a good thing Saddam isn’t around anymore.