Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani on Adapting The Mauritanian for The Screen [Exclusive Interview]

The Mauritanian - Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani

The Mauritanian – Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani

Mohamedou Ould Slahi shocked the world with his personal accounts behind the walls of Guantanamo Prison with his book “Guantanamo Diary” in 2015. Movie studios and writers salivated at the chance on adapting his story for the screen. For the writing duo Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, they got the opportunity to write the adaptation screenplay for The Mauritanian starring Jody Foster and Tahar Rahim.

The film was released earlier this year to a very limited theater audience. Now the film is available today as digital download and Blu-ray—the world should know the conditions and interrogations behind those prison doors.

Here’s the brief synopsis of The Mauritanian:

Captured by the United States government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.

The rest of the cast includes Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani. Kevin MacDonald directed the movie from the adapted screenplay written by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with writer Rory Haines and Sohrab Nochirvani on the adaptation process, research and what Mohamedou Oul Slahi and Nancy Hollander are like in real life.

Rory Haines and Sohrab Nochirvani both worked together in the 2010’s short film Junkyard July. In 2018, they scripted six episodes of the television series Informer. The Mauritanian is their first collaboration for a feature film. Their current project is now the comic adaptation of the anticipated DC superhero film Black Adam.

The Mauritanian is now available on Blu-ray, DVD- VOD and digital today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, STXfilms

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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