It’s almost as if Sacha Baron Cohen likes controversy: Paramount announced today that the Borat star’s next movie is based on the novel Zabibah and the King, a best-selling book written (or at least dictated) by Saddam Hussein. The film – called The Dictator, a likely reference to Charlie Chaplin’s classic Adolf Hitler comedy The Great Dictator – will reunite Cohen with Larry Charles, who directed the comedian’s last two films: Borat: Cutural Leanings Of American For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, and the relatively modestly titled Bruno. Coming Soon had the report.
Hussein’s novel – originally published anonymously – tells the story of a beloved king who falls in love with a woman whose evil husband rapes her. It is reportedly a thin allegory for Iraq (beloved dictator, Saddam Hussein-esque) and its relations with America (the cruel, warlike husband). It’s also a love story, so we expect to laugh and cry and fall in love and maybe get a little pissed off because that’s Sacha Baron Cohen’s schtick, and it’s worked pretty well for him so far.
The Dictator is already scheduled for a May 11, 2012 release.