Carleton alum who produced 'Rings' trilogy advising films on Prophet Muhammad

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A Carleton College alum who produced "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is among those providing advice on a series of upcoming films on the Prophet Muhammad, the reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Barrie M. Osborne is working with Qatar-based Alnoor Holdings on the project. The company is spending $1 billion for a series of epics for a worldwide audience about the seventh century prophet of Islam, says THR. A similar film about Muhammad is also in the works by another filmmaker.

Sunni Islam scholar and Al Jazeera broadcaster Yusuf al-Qaradawi are also advising to make sure the films are true to Islam, THR says, since depictions of Muhammad have angered some Muslims.

"They are being understandably very cautious," Osborne told THR.

The UK's Guardian reports that it would be unlikely that Muhammad would appear in the films since Qatar is largely Sunni -- which sees all renderings of the prophet as blasphemous.

Osborne, who won a Best Picture Oscar for producing "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2004, was also nominated for producing the first two "Lord of the Rings" films -- "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers."

The filmmaker graduated from Carleton in Northfield in 1966.

Osborne, 69, also produced the first "Matrix" film and is an executive producer on the upcoming remake of "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Gatsby" is set for a May 10 release.

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