The siege of Gaza is to get the Hollywood treatment this autumn, with Russell Crowe almost guaranteed the starring role since the film will be directed by Ridley Scott. The fictionalised account of the siege of Gaza, tentatively named 'Siege of Gaza', is billed as a 'heartrending tragedy of our times'. "We will not shy away from showing the heartrending reality of the siege from all sides," said Ridley Scott. "It will culminate in a tragic scene on the Mavi Marmara in which Russell Crowe dies."
When asked whether a Turkish actor might not have been more suitable for the role the director said, "But don't you get it? Russell Crowe dies! It will be tragic and people will care! Listen, I know how to engage American audiences. It will probably end the siege or something. Okay, let me put it this way: I'm not planning a sequel. That's partly because in the film the death of Russell Crowe will cause the siege to be lifted, but there are other reasons too. Come on now, are you not entertained? I said ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?"