Iran Plans Film in Response to Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

The new movie will counter the portrayal of the Iranian hostage crisis in the 2012 film directed by Ben Affleck.

Iran plans to respond to the 2012 U.S. film "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, with its own film version of the Iranian hostage crisis, Mehr News Agency reported on Thursday.

The film "The General Staff," planned by Iran's Art Bureau, will counter Affleck's portrayal of the secret CIA operation in 1980 to rescue six American diplomatic staff who took refuge in the Canadian Ambassador's residence, after Iranian revolutionaries took control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 1979, according to the report.

The film's director, Ataollah Salmanian, said that "this film, which will be a big production, should be an appropriate response to the ahistoric film ‘Argo,’" Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.

The director said that his film was based on eyewitness accounts, and that he is waiting for government funding to start shooting next year, the news agency reported.  

Also on Thursday, after a surprise snub in Academy Award nominations, Affleck won best director and his film "Argo" was named best picture at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

Affleck, whose film was nominated for seven Oscars including best picture but not best director, accepted the award Thursday night at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 18th annual awards in Los Angeles, joking as he took the trophy that he'd "like to thank the Academy".