Steven Spielberg in Negotiations to do Armenian Genocide Film

Both renowed producer-director Steven Spielberg and Schindler's List writer Steven Zaillian are in negotiations with the Armenian National Cinema Center to develop a full-length feature film on the Armenian Genocide, Nouvelles d`Armйnie reports.

Steven Spielberg and Zaillian collaborated on Schinder's List. Spielberg also produced and directed the movie Munich.

It is hoped that the film will be ready by 2015, in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The date of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople.

The Armenian Genocide has also been called the Armenian Massacres and, by Armenians, the Great Crime. The number of Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between one and one and a half million.

Turkey continues to deny the existence of the Armenian Genocide ever occurred. Instead, Turkey says that while that during World War I, many Armenians died, the number of Armenian victims has been greatly inflated.

The country continues to face calls to accept the events of that period as genocide. Reportedly, to date, twenty countries have officially recognized the events of the period as genocide. Most historians also accept this view.

Gevorg Gevorgyan, Director of the Armenfilm studio and of the National Film Center in Yerevan said, "By the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide we must show the world a film that would be even more impressive than Mayrik or Ararat. Armenian and foreign actors will play in the film."

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Submitted by FINDIKIAN PUZANT (not verified) on
L'initiative est à féliciter, l'histoire doit s'inscrire d'une vérité, car le génocide des Arméniens de 1915, ainsi que les négationnistes devrons êtres condamné devant le monde, afin que les générations vivent dans la paix.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
No better person to tell our story than Steven Spielberg. Thank you

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
No better person to tell our story than Steven Spielberg. Thank you

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This made my day!! The greatest filmmaker telling the story of my grandparents survival!! Asdvadz Bahae!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
thank you Mr. Spielberg......my dad and all my grandparents went thru this horrific time.....some seeing loved ones shot in cold blood.....and worse....it's about time for such documentation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My Grandfather was a sole survivor of the GENOCIDE the Turks murdered his whole family in front of his face...

Submitted by Hayuhi (not verified) on
to both Mr. Zaillian and Spielberg for this project.