"Buddha" to be
India's biggest film to date
Indian telecommunications mogul and billionaire Dr. Bhupendra Kumar
Modi's Buddha Films, a subsidiary of his company Mcorp Global, has
optioned the rights of the international best seller "Old Path White
Clouds" by author and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh to be made into a
$120 million epic. The book, which recounts Buddha's life and death
and is considered to be the leading book on Buddhism, is being adapted
into an English language film and will be executive produced by
Handpicked Films' producers Michel Shane and Anthony Romano.
To be shot in the US, Japan, China, Thailand and India, the film is
set to be the most expensive film ever to be shot in Dr. Modi's home
country. Not only are A-list stars being courted for the lead roles,
but the Dalai Lama has given his blessing and will consult on the
film. Hanh and Dr. Modi are both in Cannes to finalize their deal.