Egyptian actor Mohamed Karim is teaming up with Hit Man producer AGC Studios on Judgment of the Dead, a possession thriller with an Egyptian spin, with Stuart Ford’s AGC will co-produce with Karim’s MK Global Entertainment.
Karim, a major star in the Middle East, who has appeared in such indie actioners as A Score to Settle alongside Nicolas Cage and A Day to Die with Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo, will produce and star in Judgement of the Dead, playing Dr. Sherif Hawass, a renowned Egyptologist who must save the world, and the woman he loves, after an artifact he unearths releases an ancient evil. Thomas M. Hewlett penned the screenplay to Judgement of the Dead based on Karim’s original idea.
Karim is known across the Middle East for his roles in popular Ramadan soaps and as a former host of the Arab language version of singing talent format The Voice.
Ford will produce alongside Karim for AGC, with sales arm AGC International handling worldwide rights for the project.
Alongside its higher-profile feature film line-up, which includes Richard Linklater’s Hit Man with Glen Powell and Adria Arjona and Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut Woman of the Hour, both of which sold to Netflix after their festival debuts, AGC is quietly building up a lower-budget horror film slate, with such features as Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic in 2021 and Late Night With the Devil, a 70s-era supernatural horror film starring David Dastmalchian stars from Australian directors Cameron and Colin Cairnes, which premiered at South By South West this year.
The company is already active in the Middle East, backing the upcoming $140 million historic epic Desert Warrior starring Anthony Mackie, Ben Kingsley from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.